Italian Film Festival

Once Upon A Time In America – extended director’s cut

Info: USA, Italy, 1984, 250 mins

Language: English

Director: Sergio Leone

Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci


  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 8, 2019 - 1:15 pm

"No film has encapsulated the glorious, menacing tragedy of our country quite as ravishingly as Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in America. A stratosphere-scraping citadel of cinema, nearly everything about Leone’s last film—and greatest masterwork—speaks to the grand illusion of the American Dream." Dom Nero, Esquire

Never before seen theatrically in Vancouver, the Italian Film Festival is proud to present the extended director’s cut of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece. At 250 minutes, this is the version that was released theatrically in Italy in 1984, and nowhere else (and which was recently restored). Leone took a slim autobiographical novella about Jewish hoods in New York in the 1920s and produced a meditative epic steeped in his own passionate imaginative relationship with the mythology of America.