Once upon a time in America

Language and/or Subtitles: English
French
Spanish
Format: DVD 2003
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 4 copies
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Community Library of Castle Shannon DVD DVD Once Upon Time
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Summary
Though some viewers might be put off by its length, graphic violence, and absence of likable characters, Sergio Leone's final film is also a cinematic masterpiece. Spanning four decades, the film tells the story of David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York's Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles' 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past. The acting, the re-creation of the time period, the cinematography, and the music are all superb. However, even more important is Leone's ability to make the film work on so many different levels: it's both a criticism of gangster-film mythology and a continuation of the director's exploration of the issues of time and history. Strange as it may seem, the violence and gore in the first half of the film turn into a sad elegy about wasted lives and lost love. The film's strengths emerge only in its full 229-minute version -- the 139-minute and other edited versions don't make nearly the same impact. ~ Yuri German, Rovi
Additional Information
Subjects Gangsters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2003
Edition Widescreen version ; Two-disc special ed.
Other Titles Hoods.
Contributors De Niro, Robert, actor.
Woods, James, 1947- actor.
McGovern, Elizabeth, 1961- actor.
Pesci, Joe, actor.
Young, Burt, actor.
Weld, Tuesday, 1943- actor.
Williams, Treat, actor.
Leone, Sergio, 1929-1989, screenwriter, director.
Grey, Harry, -1982. Hoods.
Embassy International Pictures.
Rafran Cinematografica (Firm)
Participants/Performers Robert De Niro, James Wood, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
Language English
French
Spanish
Closed-captioned. Includes French dubbed version and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984.
Widescreen.
Based on the book The hoods by Harry Grey.
Disc one includes commentary by Richard Schickel. Disc two contains documentaries and supplemental materials.
System Details DVD, Dolby surround 5.1.
Description 2 videodiscs (229 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0790734206
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