Sergio Leone's films from worst to best; Creator of Western with Italian flavor (filmmaker under a magnifying glass)
We remember Sergio Leone more than anything else in the Western genre, who is deeply American and seems to be nowhere else. It is not possible from the world. But the Italian filmmaker, at the very beginning of his career and after doing a few scattered activities here and there, made such a change in this genre that it is undeniable even to this day, and many general audiences of cinema, Western cinema. He is best known for his films and his role as Clint Eastwood. This list includes all the films directed by this important Italian filmmaker in the history of cinema.
- Andrei Tarkovsky; Combining Faith and Lyrics (Under the magnifying Glass Filmmaker)
Sergio Leone began his career as an assistant to the likes of Vittorio D'Sica, and became a technician at the height of his youth. At that time, Chinchita's studio was at the height of its popularity, and many international projects sprang up there, and of course, made the agents of Italian cinema well versed in their work. Sergio Leone was one of those professionals who turned out to be an assistant to a great director like William Wyler in Ben-Hur, and many consider the film's important sequence to be the product of his hard work. Leone went so far as to mature in storytelling and prepare to establish her own cinematic world.
The Western genre has long been unpopular in American cinema. It was the 1960s, and American society no longer believed in the innocence of Western cinema, and the heroism of the good-hearted heroes of that cinema no longer had a buyer. Society was more bitter and black than one could simply enjoy the pristine landscapes and see the images of men rushing to the west and women sitting at home waiting for them or caravans heading west for a better life. But the Italians seemed to be more upset than the Americans themselves by the decline of the genre, which, according to Andre Bazin, if cinema means movement, then the Western genre is the supreme limit of cinema. . For a long time, not even a special investment was made in Western movies, and this movie was considered the cheapest American genre. Sergio Leone turned to his interest in the Western genre and American cinema after making no progress in making historical films. He was an Italian filmmaker, and it was inconceivable that a director across the Atlantic would make a film that traces the story and characters of the people of the American West Coast in the nineteenth century. But with the emergence of directors such as Sergio Leone and Sergio Corobucci, things soon fell apart and in this turbulent market and during the decline of the Western genre in America, a genre emerged in Italian cinema that was miles away from the life of the Italian people. Was different; That means spaghetti western. The reason for choosing this name also goes back to the pessimistic views that critics at that time had of this type of films, and because it was Italian, they called it that way in a mocking tone. Something like the term "Persian film" in our own cinema. This genre is experienced. Sergio Leone knew very well that these films could be made anywhere. All you need is a man and a horse and a vast landscape that never seems to end, and of course a house that is under threat and men who are not good people and stand in the way of the hero.
Many people grew up with Sergio Leone and They became important figures in the history of cinema. Certainly the greatest of them were Enio Morricone and Clint Eastwood, who later became one of the best composers in history and the latter one of the most important actors and directors in cinema today. Ennio Morricone has worked with many prominent filmmakers for many years, presenting his art to an audience that knew and valued him. He may be the first composer in the history of cinema to be known to the general public and to give more credibility to the film; That is, there is a place higher than great people like Bernard Herman in the history of cinema. Although Ennio Morricone has composed many musics and made many films with his art, his most famous works are still the ones he composed for Sergio Leone, especially the masterpiece soundtrack for the film Good, Bad, Ugly, which has all the hallmarks of the work. It is compact.
Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, sees Sergio Leone as his spiritual father and teacher. When he became a director, under the influence of this Italian filmmaker, he started making Western films with the same familiar atmosphere of Sergio Leone, and he himself shone in the lead role. Clint Eastwood's place in the cinema of the last half century is undeniable in history, and few filmmakers have been able to do the same. To reach a star status in the world of acting and to be one of the most prestigious in the world of filmmaking. So Sergio Leone, in addition to leaving us some lasting and beautiful masterpieces, presented a lasting legacy of factors to the cinema to continue its path.
In the end, it should be noted that Sergio Leone He is an Italian filmmaker, but after the film he always worked with American characters for a handful of dollars, and the story of his films takes place in that land. The fact that an artist is at the peak of being away from his native culture and civilization and can make deep and important films in the dimensions of cinema history requires genius, the study of which requires another detailed article, but in all films of this period of Sergio Leone look at history There is America, which can be called the genealogy and analysis of the formation of civilization in this land. You might think that great directors like John Ford did the same thing years ago, but Leone's vision and worldview were such that he did not believe in those fairy tales and looked more bitterly at what had taken place in the past.
8 . The Colossus of Rhodes
- Cast: Rory Calhorn, Lea Massari
- Product: 1961, Italy, Spain and West Germany
- IMDb movie rating: 5 8. out of 10
- movie ratings on Raton Tomitoz: 56.
After the director fell ill in the last days of Pompeii and Sergio Leone took over, becoming so adept at making historical films and what are known as the Swords and Sandals films, that he was able to make the Rhodes Giant film in less time than expected and for much less than what he was given. Was promised to build. But this was not a good time to make historical films, and viewers in the 1960s no longer showed much luck with such films, which were full of fantasy and fantasy world. For this reason, the Rhodes Giant film was not well received by critics and could not pass the harsh test of time. Because of this reception, Sergio Leone turned to the stories and tales he loved most and continued to create the Western spaghetti genre.
The Rhodes Giant is historically valuable; This is the first film to have Sergio Leone as the director in his credits, and it is the beginning of the glorious path that this great filmmaker has followed in his life. Only seven films have Leone as their director, and The Rhodes Giant is the only film on the list that was not composed by Ennio Morricone.
BC, after defeating the Macedonian antigones, they erected a bronze statue at the entrance to their port, which was more than 33 meters long and was built on marble foundations 15 meters high. It took 12 years to build, and although it stood still for only 56 years and fell into the sea in an earthquake, it was recognized by Western historians as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The statue was a symbol of the power and unity of the various cities of the island and announced the wealth of the people of those areas.
The story of Sergio Leone's film takes place in a period of transition, just when Alexander the Great died and the Roman Empire No great power has emerged. The film genre, which is the sword and sandal genre; A genre that, despite its spread in American cinema, has long been popular in Italy and had a large audience, and even according to historical documents, it can be claimed that they flourished in the pre-World War I era and made great films that founded Became the rules of this genre. So there is a historical connection between Italian cinema and this genre.
Although the name of the sword and sandal genre may seem unfamiliar to you, you have certainly seen a few of them. The sword and sandal genre refers to films in which the heroes of the sandal stand up and wield a sword on the battlefield, and the story takes place in ancient historical periods; This cinema is so easily recognizable. For example, the film Troy or Gladiator falls into the same category.
"In 280 BC, a Greek military hero named Darius meets his uncle on an island. Rhodes goes. The people of the island have just finished building and erecting a giant statue of the god Apollo over their port. Darius, meanwhile, falls in love with the sculptor and designer, and this is when some insurgents invade the island, causing panic. The protagonist works to establish order and avoid the danger of the Phoenicians and the Greeks
7. The last days of Pomoeii
- Actors: Steve Reeves, Fernando Rey
- Product: 1959, Italy, Spain and West Germany
- points IMDb site to movie: 5.6 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: -
Movie of the last days Pompeii is based on the book of the same name by Edward Bolor Leighton. The book was published in 1834 and had been made seven more times around the world. Of course, the process of adapting this book and its story is still going on.
The film The Last Days of Pompeii was one of those brilliant opportunities for Sergio Leone to hit the house only once. Of those opportunities that, if used well, take you everywhere, you just have to appreciate them and take advantage of them properly. Sergio Leone was not one to miss such an opportunity, and by making it very quickly he made a name for himself as a versatile young man.
The point is that Mario Benard, the director of the latest film Pompeii fell ill on the very first day of filming, and it was decided that Sergio Leone, with the help of the writers, would make the film and finalize the work. Of course, provided that his name is not in the credits and only Benard is mentioned as the director of the work. But this did not matter to Sergio Leone, and someone who until then had seen only the assistant directors of the great directors in his repertoire, and of course for that reason, was in a hurry to lead a project himself. The result was so satisfying that it made the newly arrived young man famous and made him so famous that he later took on his own project and made his first film, The Rhodes Giant, in the same atmosphere as the last days of Pompeii. Because of Leone's influence on Pompeii's Last Days, as well as his place in his repertoire, this film is mentioned in this list; Although his name is not in the official credits of the work.
Years ago, in 1935, the Americans made a film about the famous historical story of the city of Pompeii. A film of the same name, directed by Ernest B. Schozdak and Marin Cooper, which, although not very long in the history of cinema, was a technically significant work. The story of both films refers to a historical story that destroyed an entire civilization and left only the gates and walls of the city and various objects and, of course, burnt corpses for scientists.
In 79 BC, Mount Vesuvius erupted near present-day Naples, engulfing the entire city of Pompeii and turning it into a pile of ashes. It took centuries for one to become aware of the existence of this civilization and to discover the terrifying evidence of what happened to those people at the last moment; Painful moments that signal the burning alive of the people of the city.
In such a context, the filmmakers made a story under the genre of sword and sandal and added fantasy and heroic elements to it. The images of the film were based on the interruption of the cinema scope, and for this reason, the glory of the film was more visible to the cinema audience. In those years, many films were made with heroic stories in ancient Italy, which were known in the United States as Herculean films. It will come. The film is superior to many American works of the time in terms of cinematography. All of this makes us regret the absence of the name of this genius filmmaker in the film's credits.
"Glaucus is one of the experts of the ancient Roman army. After many years of living in Palestine, he returns to his hometown of Pompeii. Along the way, he encounters Loon, the beautiful daughter of the ruler of the city, who has lost control of her chariot. Glaucus rushes to her aid and saves the girl. Along the way, Glaucus defends a thief and saves him. Glaucus arrives at his house and realizes that a number of thieves who have been rioting in the city for some time have killed his father </</p>
6. For a few dollars more
- Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte and Klaus Kinski
- Product: 1965, Italy, Spain and West Germany
- IMDb movie rating: 8.3 out of 10
- Raton Tomitoz movie rating: 91.
After Sergio Leone succeeded with the film for a handful of dollars in the presence of an unnamed hero as the main character and his name became known around the world, he made another film following the stories of the unnamed man and named him because He put a few more dollars. The difference is that the protagonist without the name of the story is not alone here and has a rival and a friend who follows in his footsteps and sometimes steps ahead of the protagonist. The presence of the two together and the absence of the main character during the drama, may have been a training for Sergio Leone to reach the desired perfection of good, bad, ugly film.
Sergio Leone recently with the film for a handful The dollar had made a name for itself in the world, and now he saw letters like Sergio Corobucci alongside him as the pioneer of the Western spaghetti genre, who made his next film and put the same people and the same ideals in He made a new story and created a world that was very similar to the movie because of a handful of dollars, and only the scorer of that movie was with him now.
It's because of a handful of dollars, and overall we have a better picture here, but the positive and negative characters of the drama are not as attractive as the previous work. Clint Eastwood This film is not the charming man cut off from the world who takes everyone into account in an apocalyptic city, and Gian Maria Volonte is not scary enough to shake the audience. But apart from that, we are dealing with a well-made work that still, after nearly sixty years, nails the audience to the cinema chair and drags them to the end.
Here, like in the movie, for a handful of dollars Lowly and unknowingly, people are destroying life and hope in a city on the border of the United States and Mexico, and heroes or heroines are needed to rid people of them and rid the world of their existence. Everything seems to be going to be repeated again and move towards a final confrontation, but first they have to find the merit of the good side of the story; That's why Sergio Leone deals with their arithmetic in the first half of the film.
The actors' acting is beyond expectations. We know Lee Van Cliff's audience better because of their negative roles. He has a stone face and no emotion that gives his life to be on the evil side of the story. But Sergio Leone has used this feature differently; Lee Van Cleef plays a determined and arrogant man who knows what he wants out of life and sometimes even intends to play the role of his companion. So his stony face comes into play and makes the role believable.
But Clint Eastwood, though more mature than the film for a handful of dollars, rhymes to his teammates Gian Maria Vlonte and Lee Van. Cliff loses. Gian Maria Vlonte is still scary, though not as big as the movie for a handful of dollars. Morricone is a magician to it.
"A military colonel named Douglas Mortimer is looking for an insidious man named El Indio. The man has clashed with the colonel in the past and now Colonel Mortimer is seeking revenge. In this way, the colonel encounters a young and unnamed award winner who wants to accompany the colonel in this way, but the colonel does not trust him. For this reason, the two are opposed to each other, but
5. For a handful of dollars (a fistful of dollars)
- Product: 1964, Italy, Spain and West Germany
- IMDb movie rating: </7.9>
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: 98.
Sergio Leone after making Seeing no good historical films, he turned to his interest in the Western genre and American cinema. He was an Italian filmmaker, and it was inconceivable that a director across the Atlantic would make a film that traces the story and characters of the people of the American West Coast in the nineteenth century. But with the emergence of directors such as Sergio Leone and Sergio Corobucci, things soon fell apart and in this turbulent market and during the decline of the Western genre in America, a genre emerged in Italian cinema that was miles away from the life of the Italian people. Was different; That means spaghetti western. The reason for choosing this name also goes back to the pessimistic views that critics at that time had of this type of films, and because it was Italian, they called it that way in a mocking tone. Something like the so-called Persian film in our own cinema.
One of the reasons critics at the time opposed a film like For a Fistful of Dollars was to break all the rules of the Western genre. There was no more news of that good-hearted hero of the past cinema, who in the end, by establishing order, leaves his way and leaves, and during his stay, stands only towards good people and adheres to certain moral values. In fact, the main character of the film has no special moral value system because of a handful of dollars. Of course, there is still time to make a film Once Upon a Time in the West, or a good or bad movie that the hero reaches complete cruelty and tends to be more anti-hero. Went beyond and created a Western called the great silence, in which absurdism reaches its limit. Sergio Leone decided to make the film for a handful of dollars when he saw Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. In that samurai-centric film, the protagonist arrives like a Westerner, and in an apocalyptic city built like the cities of Western films on the edge of the gates of civilization, he rises to the ground and eventually leaves unnoticed. Sergio Leone took the same bitter character, increased his pessimism, seven bullets in his hands and a leaf cigarette He put a corner of his mouth to visit his enemies this time in a city with the image of the Wild West. Time to announce their cinematic manifesto, the film has an evil character because of a handful of dollars, which is a symbol of all the evils and the cause of all the calamities of the city. This evil character is exactly what Leone needs to express his professionalism, and this is what makes him such a distinctive film compared to Kurosawa. There is no such character in Kurosawa's film, and both sides of the dispute are equally to blame for the poverty and misery. Gian Maria Vlonte plays the villain and manages to do so in such a way that it practically affects even Clint Eastwood's acting. He turned to it. It was the first time the film had cast him as a Western on the big screen, so that Western cinema, after John Wayne, would see another man in the form of a Wild West legend. If John Wayne was a symbol of a benevolent Westerner and a brave goat who did his best to help himself, his family, and his people take a step toward civilization, Clint Eastwood was a pessimistic anti-hero who only thought of himself and helped others when Let it be personal to him.
But the film is unique in the history of cinema for a handful of dollars for another reason. The film first mentioned Ennio Morricone. The music he composed for the film is still one of the symbols of the Western genre and one of the best soundtracks ever composed.
"A village on the Mexican-American border is run by two criminal gangs. These two gang members have worked with this town, which smells of death from every corner. In addition to the fact that no one can drink water without their permission, they themselves are constantly involved with each other and build stacks from the dead. Now an unnamed stranger arrives and enters this village
4. Duck, you sucker/a fistful of dynamite
- Cast: Rad Steiger and James Cabern
- Product: 1971, Italy, Spain and USA
- IMDb movie rating: 7.6 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: 92.
It seemed that Sergio Leone's work with that history and those people was over after making a film Once Upon a Time in the West and showing the aftermath of the life of a Western movie hero and starting a new way of life at the end. For this reason, he collected his equipment and spread it in other times and in other geographies. This time he went a few decades further and told the story of his familiar heroes during the Mexican Revolution. He traps the rich of society as if they were living in a glass palace, and he is ashamed of each and every one of them. In the meantime, a man arrives from the North of America. He specializes in blasting and the use of incendiary materials, which brings the two men closer together; Because a Mexican man aspires to rob a bank with an explosion. But the time of the revolution is when the people are weak against the masters of power, and this subject slowly affects the two men.
In such a context, they are confronted with a society that is in poverty and misery, but Instead of turning to wrongdoing, he thinks of fixing everything; Because these people believe that in the absence of an oppressive ruling class, everything will be fine. This honorable act deeply impresses both men to make them gradually feel part of a great nation. This acceptance by society forces the Mexican man to take a different approach and live like an honorable man. Sergio Leone has made this film openly mixed with a sense of closeness to the left revolutionaries; But instead of doing it like leftist filmmakers, focusing on the masses, it focuses on its main characters. It seems that no one in the world is more important than them, and their honor is tied to the dignity of the revolution. It is in this context that the film Serto Bozdad idiot escapes from the abyss of becoming a slogan and turns into a pleasant work with tangible characters. The film has everything; Scenes of massive explosions, armed conflicts, battles between two large factions, and most importantly, ups and downs between the main characters. from one place to another, the drama characters find themselves in the middle of a huge storm, a violent revolution that seems to have no way to salvation, but their friendship guarantees ultimate salvation.
The play of the two main actors of the film, James Coburn. And Rod Stiger is another major strength Is a movie. James Coburn plays a man from the United States who seems to have run away from everything to find his way as life changes across the border. But the main shine of it is Rod Stiger. He has been able to show a wide range of emotions in his role; from a violent man and an animal to an honorable man who understands the meaning of friendship and appreciates being by people's side. It is the record of Sergio Leone, also known as One Day of the Revolution.
"A Mexican farmer named Juan commits robbery with his father and six children. They have been farmers for many years and now, on the eve of the Mexican Revolution and the deteriorating situation, they are forced to change their way of life. Meanwhile, an Irish/American man who specializes in explosives and dynamite goes by the name of Sean Mallory, and Juan is arrested and taken prisoner. Juan has long dreamed of robbing Bank Shahr with explosives. Now he thinks that Mallory can do that with their presence, but the fire of the revolution is burning more and more every day and is making its way to Juan
3. Good, bad, ugly (The good, The bad and The ugly)
- 8.8 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: 97.
When Sergio Leone wanted the movie To make a fuss over a handful of dollars, no one imagined that his work would end in this magnificent work, a good, bad, ugly film. At the time, many, including the greats of American cinema, criticized these Italian films for having nothing to do with the classic Western cinema, and the heroes of this new genre are too absurd to be called Westerners. It was under these circumstances that Sergio Leone believed in what he was doing and eventually made a film like Good, Bad, Ugly that silenced all the critics and became one of the best westerns in history.
The story of the film revolves around The life revolves around three characters that Sergio Leone introduces from the very beginning. He even goes so far as to reveal the main character of these characters to the audience in the very opening of the film. Now the audience knows who they are dealing with over the next three hours, and they are not going to slowly come to their own conclusions by watching their actions and get to know each one.
A hard-hearted man with a great Lee's play Van Cleef is looking for gold carried by the military and lost in the civil war between North and South America. The other two characters are living in the strangest way possible. The two are strangely informed of the same golds, and this puts the three characters together. The story of a good, bad, ugly film is defined in the form of scattered situations that seem to have little to do with each other. But Sergio Leone's art is to connect these situations in such a way as to form a perfect whole. One can not be sure that he is well by his circumstances and actions; In fact, he is everything but a good and virtuous human being. Perhaps the only difference between him and the other two characters lies in the fact that he is a little smarter and, of course, believes in principles. On the other side is the bad character. Evil is a ruthless killing machine that builds stacks on the dead and has no mercy on anyone. It is very easy to catch him as a predator and turn him into a brutal killer in a movie that kills a person for no reason. He is a man without moral principles who kills a person so badly, but there is a kind of language and humiliation in him that makes him beg for anything and constantly talk nonsense to escape from any situation. Ugly does not care about his own situation, nor does he care about the well-being of others, and only thinks about money, but there is something in his character that Leone uses in the best possible way.
One of The strengths of good, bad, ugly films are the unique humor that lies in the sub-layers of the drama. This humor is more than anything else due to the blessing of having an ugly character that gives the drama a unique atmosphere. The ugly one constantly says nonsense and sews the sky to the ground and does things that sometimes make the viewer laugh. These are the things that make him both the most attractive character in the film and the lively drama that can be found in less Western spaghetti.
Enio Morricone's soundtrack, which needs no definition. In fact, this music may not be his best work, but it is definitely the most famous work of this great Italian composer who has entered the popular culture directly. Good, Bad, Ugly is without a doubt the most famous Western spaghetti in cinema history.
Good, Bad, Ugly is the third film in Sergio Leone's dollar trilogy.
It's good to get a prize on the way with Toko or The same ugly treats. They have a weird way of making money; Toko is wanted and the government has rewarded him. Blondi delivers Toko to the sheriff in different cities, and just when the sheriff intends to execute him, he hits the rope with a gun and remotely, and Toko escapes. This issue will continue until the next city. Meanwhile, Angel Ease or Han Bad, the heart-wrenching assassin, is looking for the gold that was lost in the heart of the American Civil War and only one person named Carson knows about it. The good and the bad happen to reach the top of Carson's head in the last moments of his life, and he only knows the location of the gold burial well. Now the three of them were fighting to find the gold
2. Once upon a time in the west
- Actors : Charles Branson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, and Henry Fonda
- Product: 1969, USA and Italy
- IMDb To the movie: 8.5 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: 95.
Perhaps the most magnificent and best Western Spaghetti The history of cinema can one day be called Sergio Leone in the West. The life story of a woman whose efforts to achieve peace of mind intersect with the fever of progress and modernity and the railroad, as well as a story of revenge full of blood and bloodshed. Exactly one year ago, Sergio Corobucci made the magnificent film The Great Silence and was able to push the boundaries of Western spaghetti cinema. Sergio Leone now had a shot in his pocket that would perfect this kind of cinema. After that, fateful and frustrating films will make a story in which the classic Western hero (not with all those good qualities) brings peace and progress; He was actually finishing his unfinished business. Here, too, the familiar men of Leone's cinema are struggling to survive, but something is changing; What is displayed in the form of a railway expansion. This railway and its expansion means changing the way of life and saying goodbye to those savage heroes of the Wild West. Times have changed, but Sergio Leone has provided the means to make this farewell as glorious as possible.
Once upon a time, there were four central characters in the West whose stories were inadvertently intertwined. A man who longs for revenge for his brother's death comes to town and this causes two rival gangs to reach their goal, while all their clues constantly end up with a homeless woman whose only guilt is this. Has escaped from its tragic past. Strangely, this same woman makes the best choice to cope with her new lifestyle; It means accepting the arrival of civilization and avoiding the savagery of the past.
These four characters also have four separate story lines that make it possible to praise Sergio Leone for the perfect definition of this story. And, incidentally, this is the film's reflection point: the creation of characters who are well-established and the audience can feel close to all of them and accompany them. On the one hand, what stays in my mind and yours the most is Frank's character, the negative pole of the story. This happens for two obvious reasons: first, the amazing performance of the creators who have created an attractive character, and second, the great actor who has played this role; Because we do not have the guts to see that actor, Henry Fonda, as so evil.
The cast of the film is very first class; Claudia Cardinale is one of the stars of Italian cinema who has worked with many greats in the history of cinema: from Lucino Visconti to Federico Fellini and Blake Edwards. Henry Fonda, who has always appeared in the role of good-hearted men and this time has changed a lot, is himself one of the great actors of classic westerns and some other brilliant westerns such as my darling clementine and the ox-bow incident. incident) is also in the record. Jason Robards is one of the most brilliant actors in the history of cinema, and to realize his ability, it is enough to remember his role in Alan J. Pacola's film All All Presidents Men. Remains the main character played by Charles Branson, with whom the ever-present harmonica is not easily erased from the memories. This is one of those musics that is an essential part of the drama beyond the accompaniment, and the main knot of the drama is untied by it.
The film Once Upon a Time in the West According to Sergio Leone's record.
The house that her husband built for her passes right next to the train tracks under construction, which is why others are greedy for it; Because its price suddenly Increased. On the other hand, the shooting takes off from the train every week; He has come to avenge the murder of his family from a man who is nearby
1. Once upon a time in America
- Actors: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGowan and Joe Pesci
- Product: 1984, USA and Italy
- IMDb Movie: 8.4 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz site: 87.
Movie Once Upon a Time in America It's one of the best gangster/mafia films in the history of cinema, and it can certainly be considered one of the most important works of the 1980s. Sergio Leone was at the height of his talent when he made the film, and audiences and critics have hailed him as an important filmmaker for years. Now, after making various films with the presence of American personalities and in different places, he wanted to pay homage to this country and its cinema, and of course to deal with the genealogy and history of the formation of civilization in this country. If his Western films had the same attitude toward the American West, the film would one day take Leone's historical analysis to the American East to make room for his exemplary characters.
Sergio Leone was one of the choices to direct Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, but turned it down because he wanted to tell his life story of criminals on the East Coast. As a result, saying no has become the same movie in America one day that has a magnificent effect on it alone. Covers them for half a century of life. By addressing their lives in the foreground, the filmmaker delves into the history of the people in the background and depicts from his own point of view what has happened to them.
It is old age. Throughout the story, they learn to kilim themselves in a rugged, rough city on the verge of entering the gates of civilization. A city where there is no other way than violence to survive and gain wealth, and these comrades are somehow drawn to it. They learn the way and the wells and the criminal gangs and gradually gain a reputation for themselves. But as they get older and resort to more and more violence, they distance themselves from that adolescent innocence and turn into predatory wolves that are dangerous even to other members of the group and their loved ones. In such a context, what makes the film a magnificent work is Sergio Leone's attention to the characters and their fine texture; In the end, the viewer is both worried about their fate and terrified of their actions.
Robert De Niro's role as the film's protagonist is one of his main strengths. At first glance, seeing him as a gangster in New York City may bring to mind his immortal image in The Godfather Two and as the young Dan Vito Corleone, but he soon distances himself from that character and gives life to what Sergio Leone is. He asked.
The soundtrack is also the work of the great Enio Morricone. It survives from the soundtrack to the cinema and can survive apart from the world of film. .
"The story of the film is told in three different stages. One goes back to the main character's childhood and adolescence, dating back to after World War I. The second is his youth, when the economic crisis began and the period of the prohibition of alcohol consumption. The third is the aging of the main character, referring to a time when the United States was peeling in the late 1960s. In the first story, the audience becomes acquainted with the life of the people in the slums of New York and sees the friendship of a number of young children who intend to pocket money in a counter-monetary way. In the second story, the situation of the comrades has improved and they have their own business and control an area. There is something from the past that bothers him