I'd like to tell you about one of my favorite films. The name of the film is Once upon a time in America. I don't know whether the film was shown on screens in cinemas, the film is old, it was made in 1984, and long – almost 3 hours. But I know, that many critics wrote a lot of reviews.
They used such words as brilliant acting, the film has a complex plot, which is also very gripping by the further developments, and from the point of view of the history of the USA, the film is very moving by its touching love scenes, and there are some action and violent scenes. In the whole the film became classics.
The film is shot in English, and at first in our country people could watch it with Russian subtitles, but then the film was dubbed by Russian actors, now it is not the full dubbing-in, but background scoring. Is you have a licensed copy of the film, you can also have some soundtracks: original, that means English, then original with English subtitles and Russian subtitles and the track with Russian scoring.
The director of the film is Sergio Leone, the starring are the actors Robert de Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth Macgovern, Jennifer Connely and some other. The film was shot on the studio Warner Brothers. It is important to mention the composer of the film, it is one of the famous world composers Ennio Morricone, he wrote wonderful instrumental music for the film. The main part in the film plays Robert de Niro, I believe, he was not very famous at the time, the film was shot, but then he had become a real star of the world cinematography.
Once upon a time in America is gangster film and it is a drama. The film is set in New York and it covers a large period of time from the beginning of the 20th century to the sixties of the 20th century. It is about four friends from a poor background, who met in the Jewish quarter in New York, when they were teens. As I have said, the film is very interesting from the point of view of the history, so we can see the city New York at the beginning of the 20th century, at the time of Great Emigration, when over then 250 thousand Jews had arrived to the USA and most of them had settled in New York, as it was the main port, leading to the country. There were a lot of people, living in the Jewish quarter, some of them had enough money, but the most were poor, and we can see, how the children, who had nothing to do, tried to get some money.
The next period is the thirties. He fried had grown older and they made their own business, an illegal business. They were selling alcohol at the time of prohibition. And made some other illegal things to get more money. In the center of the second part is the conflict between David Aaronson and Max Berkovich.
The last part of the film is set at the sixties, David Aaronson became an old man, he returned to New York. And at the end he met Max Bercovich, whom he considered to be dead. The conflict continued. The end of the film is not clear, it ends with the flashback to the thirties.