USA / Italy, 1984 (MIFF 2012, Films on Film)
Director: Sergio Leone
*Due to forces beyond MIFF's control we are going to have to pull Once Upon A Time in America from this program.
“The movie has a pulse; it's alive. But not now. It's alive in some golden-brown past of the imagination.” - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
The epic rise to power of David “Noodles” Aaronson (Robert de Niro) spans the five most transformative decades of American history. From his days as a teen hoodlum in 1920s Manhattan, Noodles gains more and more power as he and his gang move from Prohibition to union tampering and ambitious heists.
Also starring James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young and Danny Aiello, and widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, the final work of the legendary Sergio Leone is presented here in a stunningly restored form.
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with Andrea Leone Films, The Film Foundation and Regency Enterprises. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.
D Sergio Leone P Claudio Mancini, Arnon Milchan S Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Mediolo, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone WS The Film Foundation TD DCP/1984