Once upon a Time in America (C'era una volta in America)

Once upon a Time in America (C'era una volta in America)

The final film from Sergio Leone is a gorgeously crafted epic about four boys raised in New York’s Jewish slums in the early part of the 20th century who grow up to be gangsters. Robert De Niro and James Woods star as their adult incarnations, whose lives are marked by betrayal and unexpected twists of fate. Leone’s film was originally released in the US in a severely truncated form, but his expansive original vision has since been restored. Ennio Morricone’s achingly emotional score, a worthy final collaboration between the two filmmakers, features pan flute solos performed by Gheorghe Zamfir. 

DIRECTED BY: Sergio Leone. WRITTEN BY: Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone. WITH: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams. 1984. 229 min. USA. Color. English. Rated R. DCP. 

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