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(1984, di Sergio Leone)
Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connelly
Internationally-renowned filmmaker Sergio Leone was known for his re-invention of the Western with films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). Leone’s final film, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), re-envisioned the gangster genre. Based on Harry Grey's novel, The Hoods, the story follows the lives of a gang of childhood friends, led by David “Noodles” Aaronson (Robert De Niro) and Maximilian “Max” Bercovicz (James Woods), as they rise to prominence in New York City's criminal underworld.
Working with the Leone family, the Cineteca di Bologna restored the 229-minute version of the film utilizing the original camera negative held by the film’s rights holder, Regency Enterprises. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) scanned the original camera negatives at 4K resolution.
In addition, after years of research and interviews with Leone’s family and collaborators on the film, archivists at the Cineteca di Bologna rediscovered and restored roughly 20 minutes of the director’s original 269-minute version, bringing the film even closer to Leone’s original vision.
Photo Courtesy: Still Photographs ©1983 Embassy International Pictures ©2003 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. (United States) ©2003 Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. (Canada and rest of world) from the Angelo Novi Collection/Cineteca di Bologna.