Once Upon a Time in America

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Once Upon a Time in America
Sergio Leone, 1984
USA | English | 229 + 10 interission minutes

The ultimate Spaghetti Westerner went back East or his final film, a timeline-hopping, opium dream Cinecittà evocation of New York City in the Twenties, Thirties, and 1968. Leone tells the story of Robert De Niro’s Noodles and James Woods’s Max as they rise from ghetto-rats to kingpins of the Jewish underworld. The gangster’s psyche is here divined with Freud and Gatsby: it’s all about the girls. Jennifer Connelly and Elizabeth McGovern combine to play Noodles’s obscure object of desire in adolescence and adulthood, while Weld is the ultimate gun moll, an archetypal role with all of the forbidden carnality left in.

Series: American Girl: Tuesday Weld

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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