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Directed by Sergio Leone Once Upon a Time in America is a film that is placed as one of the top mobster movies ever assembled The epic film chronicles the lives and loves of a band of Jewish mobsters from Brooklyn Beginning with their boyhood in the 1920s the film covers the story from the point of view of the aging troupes clever ringleader Noodles He recounts the tale of a life filled with brutality violence betrayal and love Also in Once Upon A Time In America we find trails of this expressive subtlety in the treatment of an element repeated in this Leones films the own image which is demonstrated through the use of mirrors in this film The first mirror of the movie is that of the already commented sequence of the bus station which Noodles sees his face of an old man reflected on to the sound of Yesterday from which Morricone conveniently eliminates the lyrics with the exception of the first word Yesterday in order to make us recall the song and recognize that we dont remember the lyrics anymore in a first moment the spectator could interpret the look of Robert De Niro as nostalgia of a lost youth something that the music contributes to nevertheless a repeated vision of the film allows us to interpret his gaze as a remembrance of the words the child Deborah told him fifty years back but forward in the film in front of a mirror like this Look at yourself in the mirror Noodles obliging him cruelly to face his reality hitting him with her superiority as an unreachable beauty and as a person who will be able to succeed The bitter gaze of this teenager Noodles in the second mirror is in fact the same gaze of the old Noodles although it is bare of that great heaviness caused by the burden of the years and the vital loathing the gaze of
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