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Restored cut of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA screening at Cannes 2012

Joshua Brunsting

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April 18th, 2012

Because if one film needed forty more minutes, it was Sergio Leone’s epic, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.

While I may be joking about adding nearly an hour to a film running a breezy 229 minutes currently, there is absolutely nothing to joke about this bit of great news, as the long talked about Film Foundation/Gucci/Bologna Cinematheque/L’Immagine Ritrovata restoration  of this iconic classic is set to finally have its debut.

The film will screen during this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and will clock in at 269 minutes in length, the exact way that Leone had first edited the feature. Based on the Harry Grey novel, the film is not one of my personal Leone favorites, as I’m obviously partial to the director’s westerns, and the runtime is really daunting. However, it’s still a fantastic piece of cinema, and one that I’d kill to see on the big screen in this newly restored fashion.

 

Source Variety

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