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Once Upon A Time In America / Re:The Godfather vs. OUATIA
« on: October 04, 2004, 02:20:25 AM »
is there any evidence that he regretted the decision aaronson? I mean if he doesn't like the story about italian gangsters on paper i bet he didn't like the story about italian gangsters on film... i personally love OUATIA and don't much care for the godfather... i don't know... i just see it as the dances with wolves of gangster movies... people love it and wanna call it a gangster movie, but it really does suck... OUATIA beats it in everyway and as for saying the the godfather wins in great drama and story and character developement, you must not have seen OUATIA... i mean those are all the things i believe america crushes the godfather into submission.

I don't want to sound like a leone worshipper... because i'm not... but maybe if i hadn't seen OUATIA before the godfather i could like it more... america is just too high a standard i guess.
It says so on IMDB, that's all I know. The information on that site is usually reliable. I bet his regrets also had to do something with the fact that at the time he saw The Godfather, he still hadn't been able to get his own project made.

As for the Godfather... It's a story about innocence being corrupted by familybonds, about the impossibility of the American Dream, about a man who tries to do what he believes is good but ends up failing miserably, and about so much more... And it's much more than just a gangster movie.
The fractured and ambiguous story of OUATIA is geniusly told, but because of its ambiguity and fractured storyline, the emotional impact is less than the story of the Godfather. At least, to me it is.

As for better actors... I truly believe that the ensemble cast of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, James Caan, John Cazale, Sterling Hayden, Richard Castellano, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Al Lettieri and many more great actors is, as a whole, a better cast than the cast of OUATIA.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re:The Godfather vs. OUATIA
« on: October 03, 2004, 05:07:38 AM »
very true 4stars.

sergio refused because he didnt think puzo's story was up 2 much and because he wanted to avoid Italian gangsters and focus on Irish and Jews.
He also wanted to devise hiw own story and not be controlled by a novel.
But later, after having seen the movie, he regretted his decision.

Anyway, I think it's for the best, because now there are three (Godfather I & II, OUATIA) gangster movies that stand out above all others and are among the best movies ever made, instead of possibly just one.

As for the question in the title, if I'd had to choose between the Godfather and Once Upon..., I'd have to go for the Godfather. (With pain in my heart, of course.)

Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Once Upon...America Poster
« on: October 03, 2004, 04:47:57 AM »
I personally like the one in middle which looks like from Germany(?)
That is a German poster indeed.

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