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Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone / US, 1984 / 229 min.

Sergio Leone’s gripping epic about the last days of a romanticised gangsterhood and the dawn of institutionalized crime is inspired by a biography written by David 'Noodles' Aronson while in prison.

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A 'fairy-tale for adults', is how filmmaker Sergio Leone characterized Once Upon a Time in America. The carefully composed film with its flashback structure focuses on the tortured friendship between Noodles (Robert De Niro) and Max (James Woods), who in Leone”s vision on gangster mythology embody the positive and negative sides of the criminal as tragic hero. A magnificent though not historically grounded sketch of 1920s New York.

May 13th: special Cinema Egzotik screening of Once Upon a Time in America, with an introduction by Martin Koolhoven and Ronald Simons.

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Director

Sergio Leone

Production year

1984

Country

US

Original title

Once Upon a Time in America

Length

229 min.

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP non-encrypted, DCP - encrypted

Part of

This is Film! 2017

From April 3 to May 15, Eye and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of public lectures at Eye devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses, in the course of six lectures, various recent restoration projects and presentation forms of film heritage, varying from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood classics.

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