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Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Most memorable scene in this film?
« on: July 26, 2005, 06:51:04 AM »
I guess it is. Possibaly because Leone is brilliant at montage, he'll gladly use 10 set ups where another director will only 3 or 4. In this case though, much of the action is covered in one continuous, though fluid, set up, with just a short series of mid shots and one close up following it.

I've always been interested in Mo's relationship with the Latino guy who he hastily gives money to, too get rid of him. It's as though we are seeing the new gang on the block, who have come along and taken over from the old Jewish mob, just as they took over from Bugsy's (Irish?) gang. Noodles even notices a group of them gambling in the street in an earlier scene.

I never understood why Moe threw out the 4 (3?) guys but  let the Latino guy in. He even re-filled his glass. Then when Noodles phoned he also threw him out.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Most memorable scene in this film?
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:58:19 PM »
I also loved Joe Pesci in that part.
"The four horseman of the apocalypse. Have you seen that movie, Joe? It's a good movie."  :)

Yeah, finally we also get those two films on DVD!

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Most memorable scene in this film?
« on: July 24, 2005, 04:08:19 PM »
Watched the film today again and another great memorable scene was definitely Burt Young telling his "cock insurance"-story. The way he delivered it - perfect!

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Danny Aiello
« on: July 24, 2005, 04:05:23 PM »
I loved the scenes in which Aiello was in, especially when he came out posing for the cameras. I love the switching between camera positions in that certain part.

General Discussion / Where is Leone buried?
« on: July 27, 2003, 09:13:16 AM »
Does somebody know where Sergio is buried?
Has somebody of you ever visited his grave?


Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Is Leone the ticket-seller or not?
« on: July 27, 2003, 09:08:07 AM »
Sergio Leone definately IS the ticket seller.

I watched the scene carefully again and I recognized that the ticket seller has the same "point" on his nose like Leone had (look at his image on the banner on this site). The nose is also the same, I think.

But it's really true that the ticket-seller is very thin.
Leone was at that time very fat. I don't know anything about this, but Leone is the ticket-seller.


Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Where did the Frisbee come from?
« on: July 27, 2003, 09:03:27 AM »
I think that two two street punks want to mug Noodles. The one throws the frisbee, Noodles ducks and the other guy catches the frisbee CUT! we see how someone takes a suitcase out of Noodles' hand.

So, for seconds you might think that the the punks stole the suitcase with all the money from Noodles.
But seconds later you see that we're back in 1933 when Noodles is going out of prison and Max takes his suitcase.

So, I don't think that there is a deleted scene between the cut.

Even Richard Schickel doesn't know what this frisbee stands for. But he thinks, that there IS a deleted scene.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Submit your Top 10 movies,Leone et al.
« on: July 26, 2003, 04:10:59 PM »
1. Once Upon a Time in America 5+
2. Magnolia 4
3. Fight Club 5+
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 4+
5. A Clockwork Orange 3
6. Heavenly Creatures 2
7. Once Upon a Time in the West 6
8. Pulp Fiction -8
9. Heat 3
10. The Pianist 1

Everyone on this board says that this is a great book that covers really everything related to Sergio Leone.
So, the problem is that the book was never released here in Germany.
But it's possible to order the book from the USA, but I don't know if I can understand everything.
I got an A in English, but will I have problems to understand everything in the book?
Is it very difficult written or easily?

Once Upon A Time In America / Re:How could it possibly be a dream?
« on: July 26, 2003, 11:13:30 AM »
Perhaps he just smiles because he smoked the opium?  ;)


General Discussion / Re:How old was leone when he died,
« on: July 26, 2003, 10:50:28 AM »
How you other guy said before it's a shame that he died so young.
Mick Jagger has his 60th birthday today. Imagine he would die in a couple of months. Can't imagine, he?


A war film by Leone would've been very interesting.

He was planning a Leningrad-World War II-film as he died in 1989. It would've been a great film!

But "Gangs of New York" by Leone would've been great, too!



No doubt, Sergio Leone was a genius.
In 1968 he directed his first masterpiece ("OUaTiA" is the second) "Once Upon a Time in the West".

After that film everyone knew that he was a fantastic director.
But why was he in 1974 and 1975 just the Co-Director of the "Nobody"-films?

I mean, he was just the second director, although he did the cinematic masterpiece "Once Upon a Time in the West" almost ten years previously.

Can somebody explain the reason to me, please?


Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Most memorable scene in this film?
« on: July 26, 2003, 10:35:55 AM »
There are really lots of wonderful moments in this masterpiece:

- Noodles walks in 1968 through the night with the suitcase. A frisbee comes from the back (close up of the suitcase), he ducks - CUT! - back in 1933, Max takes Noodles' suitcase, which he had in the prison.
Wonderful editing in this great scene!

- Patsy waiting for Peggy on the stairs with the cake in front of him. He looks at the door, struggling with himself and starts slowly to eat the cake.
Great symbolizm of innocence in this scene.

- 1968: Noodles looks through the wall which he used to see Deborah in his youth - CUT - 1922: Deborah at the age of 13 dances in the room, young Noodles watches her.

- Noodles looks in the mirror while "Yesterday" is playing.

- Dominic is shot by Bugsy: "Noodles!... I slipped"

- 1922: Noodles in the police car - looking hopefully at Max, Patsy, Cockeye and Moe. He smiles and waves his hand.


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