C'era Una Volta In America, che finalmente ho avuto modo di rivedere in maniera decente dall'inizio alla fine.
Non c'è molto da dire: uno dei rari film perfetti sotto ogni punto di vista, regia, recitazione, sceneggiatura, fotografia. Sergio Leone cura in maniera maniacale ogni minimo dettaglio, e il risultato ripaga gli sforzi. Il solito Ennio Morricone qui firma la miglior colonna sonora di tutti i tempi.
Voto: 10 (e passa).
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Regista: Sergio Leone
Scrittore: Harry Grey, Leonardo Benvenuti
Genere: Crime, Drama
Valutazione: 8.3/10 (24386 voti) [#112 nella top250]
Durata: 139 min
Paese: Italy, USA
Lingua: English, Italian, French
- Robert De Niro .... David 'Noodles' Aaronson
- James Woods .... Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz
- Elizabeth McGovern .... Deborah Gelly
- Tuesday Weld .... Carol
- Treat Williams .... James Conway O'Donnell
- James Hayden .... Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg
- Joe Pesci .... Frankie Minaldi
- Larry Rapp .... 'Fat' Moe Gelly
- Danny Aiello .... Police Chief Vincent Aiello
- William Forsythe .... Philip 'Cockeye' Stein
Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.
Trivia random: It reportedly took many years for Sergio Leone to secure the rights to Harry Grey's book "The Hoods" on which this film was based.
Data di nascita: 10 November 1928
Coniuge: Maria Travia::(13 October 1956 - present) 4 children
- Il Cuore nel pozzo (2005) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
- Malèna (2000) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Mission to Mars (2000) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Ultimo 2 - La sfida (1999) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
- Bulworth (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Il Fantasma dell'opera (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- The Odd Couple II (1998) .... (musician: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly") [misc]
- Lolita (1997) .... (conductor) (orchestrator) [misc]
- Il Quarto re (1997) (TV) .... (conductor) [misc]
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialised in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished, but he was hired by Leone for Per un pugno di dollari (1964) on the strength of some of his song arrangements. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionised the way music would be used in Westerns, and it is hard to think of a post-Morricone Western score that doesn't in some way reflect his influence. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres: comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies, exploitation movies -making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films, Gillo Pontecorvos Battaglia di Algeri, La (1965), Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore's _Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)_ , plus a rare example of sung opening credits for Pier Paolo Pasolini's Uccellacci e uccellini (1966). It must be stressed that he is *not* behind the work of the entirely separate composers Bruno Nicolai and Nicola Piovani despite allegations made by more than one supposedly reputable film guide!
Trivia random: Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984
Leone, Sergio (I)
Data di nascita: 3 January 1929
Data di morte: 30 April 1989
Coniuge: Leone, Carla::(? - 30 April 1989) (his death) 2 children
- Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) .... (dedicatee) [misc]
- Unforgiven (1992) .... (dedicatee) (as Sergio) [misc]
- Troppo forte (1986/I) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984) .... [scrittore]
- Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Un Sacco bello (1980) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Il Giocattolo (1979) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Il Gatto (1978) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Un Genio, due compari, un pollo (1975) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
- Il Mio nome è Nessuno (1973) .... (executive producer) (uncredited) [produttore]
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of 'Vincenzo Leone' , one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Waleran. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian and American directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics, much in vogue at the time). Towards the end of the 1950s he started writing screenplays, and began directing after taking over Ultimi giorni di Pompei, Gli (1959) in mid-shoot after its original director fell ill. His first solo feature, Colosso di Rodi, Il (1961), was a routine Roman epic, but his second feature, Per un pugno di dollari (1964), a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), caused a revolution. Although it wasn't the first spaghetti Western, it was far and away the most successful, and shot former TV cowboy Clint Eastwood to stardom (Leone wanted Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson but couldn't afford them). The two sequels, Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) and Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966), were shot on much higher budgets and were even more successful, though his masterpiece, _C'era una volta il West (1969)_ , in which Leone finally worked with Fonda and Bronson, was mutilated by Paramount Pictures and flopped at the US box office. He directed Giù la testa (1971) reluctantly, and turned down offers to direct The Godfather (1972) in favor of his dream project, which became Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He died in 1989 after preparing an even more expensive Soviet co-production on the World War II siege of Leningrad.
Trivia random: When his old friend Clint Eastwood - who was also close with Don Siegel - directed the Oscar-winning "anti-Western" Unforgiven (1992), Eastwood dedicated this film in memory of both Leone and Siegel.