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ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA

Director: SERGIO LEONE

251 minutes, Italy-U.S.A., 1984, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 5th June 2015 and is no longer screening. 

EXCLUSIVELY AT IFI

This new restoration of Sergio Leone’s final film, which premiered at Cannes in 2012 before being subsequently withdrawn for further work, features an additional 22 minutes of footage restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata film laboratory in association with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.

Charting the rise to prominence of a group of childhood friends through the ranks of organised crime in New York across the decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, the central focus is on “Noodles”, and particularly his relationships with best friend Max and lifelong object of desire Deborah. A work of superlative scope and ambition, Leone’s magnificent epic explores its themes of friendship, love and betrayal against a brilliant evocation of the gangster era, finding poetry in the sordid New York underbelly, aided by an outstanding cast, including Robert De Niro, James Woods, Jennifer Connelly and Elizabeth McGovern.(Notes by Kevin Coyne) 

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