Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (Video 2001) Poster

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8/10
Short but moving tribute
ts52025 March 2006
Warning: Spoilers
This documentary is a short but nonetheless poignant salutation to Segio Leone and his greatest work: Once Upon a time in America. It will contain little new information for those already familiar with the man and his work, but to those with little knowledge of him beside the watching of the film, it gives an interesting insight into both his creative genius and the butchering of his magnus opus by a "naieve" Hollywood.

Even for those already in the know it nonetheless contains a powerful and fascinating interview with James Woods who describes OAAT in America as the "Everest" of his achievements and how he regretted telling Leone this himself. Its ending, in juxtaposing the close of the OAAT with the end of the documentary also provided for me a moving and fitting tribute. Short yes, but ultimately still a telling tribute and interesting to those unfamiliar with the life of the great Sergio Leone
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5/10
Not very insightful, although the James Woods interview is good
MovieAddict201631 January 2006
An excerpt of this documentary based on Sergio Leone's life is included on the two-disc "Once Upon a Time in America" Director's Cut DVD. Unfortunately it seems very amateur, the interviews are poorly edited, repetitive and contain little insight; and worst of all, the people interviewed themselves had little to do with the film's production.

Perhaps the most interesting story is the one which one of the film's co-writers tells about Leone's peculiar requests in regards to scriptwriting methods.

I also enjoyed the James Woods interview segment, in which he explains how a critic that called "America" the worst film of 1984 later saw the director's cut version and named it the best movie of the entire decade.

Overall, there are some good bits like these, but a lot of the documentary could have been cut down/edited and more interesting anecdotes and interviewees could have been selected.
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