Once Upon A Time In America
Directed by Sergio Leone
Anyone who is a frequent reader of my blog will know what's coming with this one. I will obviously dislike this film for having such a graphic rape scene. I actually was looking online right before I started writing this post to see what other people thought of that part. I found a forum where the general consensus seemed to be it was partly Deborah's fault because she kissed him first. I had to close the window before my head exploded.
Anyway, I will try to cover the entire movie with this review. This story isn't told chronologically and the running time is quite long so I will give as succinct of a summary as I can. Basically, the film tells the story of four Jewish gangsters in New York City. The movie spans decades and we become extremely well acquainted with these men, who are all pretty much the worst.
I think a lot of people will say that the rape scene is necessary, that it worked, and that it wasn't gratuitous. Perhaps all that is true, although I am still incredibly sick of having to see sexual violence play out on screen. It still is frustrating and baffling how the characters behave after this event. I am particularly annoyed at the ending, but, as always, I will abstain from spoilers.
Still, there is no denying that this is an extremely well made film and one that warrants a place on The List. Can you imagine how my review for Irreversible will go?
Jodie Foster turned down the role of Deborah.
Sergio Leone has suggested that the film could be an opium induced dream of Noodles'.