• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Once Upon A Time in America

Extracts from this document...


Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America, which is an epic poem of violence and greed, is also a drama about the rise and fall of Jewish-American gangsters in New York at the beginning of the century through the 1960's. The movie tells the story of five decades in the lives of four gangsters from New York City - childhood friends who are merciless criminals almost from the first, but who have a special bond of loyalty to each other. When one of them breaks that bond, or thinks he does, he is haunted by guilt until late in his life, when he discovers that he was not the betrayer but the betrayed. It's an astounding tale of friendship through a lifestyle of crime, betrayal, lust, and greed that spans over half a century. ...read more.


It is the friendship between Noodles and his long-time associate Max. Companionship is a key element represented in this movie, and it is shown as a binding and unbending human connection which survives all manner of torment and deception. Ultimately Noodles and Max will fall out and each will betray the other in one way or another but their friendship and the kinship on which it was founded remains intact. In the film's penultimate sequence the two elderly friends come together and discuss, in veiled terms, the bond they once shared and how it now ties them together despite the impossible predicament they are now in. This movie is also a good example of functional analysis. Leone strategically employs the gangster genre so as to undercut its usual concerns. ...read more.


The narrative plays out in three sections - 1921, 1933 and 1968 - and explores the relationships Noodles cultivates with various people and importantly examines the relationship he destroys with his childhood love Deborah. Noodles seems to believe he has a right to Deborah's love but almost every action he takes or movement he makes blocks his opportunity to ensure his dream will be realized. As Noodles faces his past, there is not much left for him but a series of lost memories. In conclusion, the film teaches us that our characters are nothing more than a bunch of common thugs, pretty much the usual conclusion anyone would have after seeing a film about organized crime. This movie is a ddetailed investigation of a world of big-time aspirants with small-time capabilities. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Construction of Childhood

    its activities; however The Children Scotland Act 1995 addresses most of the provisions concerning children. The Social Work Act of 1968 progressed to local authority social work departments, aiming to provide an effective community based service available to all. For that reason there was a need for more professionally trained

  2. Sociology Investigation

    tend to agree with the label as it is often given to this specific ethnic group. Aim: Do students of different age groups, who think that they are labelled, develop lower self esteem as a result of a given label?

  1. The ancient civilizations of Central and South America

    � The Aztec empire had very rigid and strict social classes. There was a distinct difference between the upper and lower classes, and they did not live together. The nobles were often either from the ruling family, priests, or successful warriors.

  2. Diary Tuesday 23rd July.

    it did give me an insight into different views of the family, and if Marxism became the popular concept then the nuclear family would be abolished. The Feminist part of the chapter was quite interesting as they take perspective of the family being 'a prime site of female oppression'.

  1. A Short Time in the Life of a Teacher

    Essay. English Essay. GCSE course work essay, which means more marking, which means more staying after school - late! I have now come to the locker room, which happens to be the only one that is in the corridor. All the other ones have their own rooms, why my forms one has to be in the corridor, I don't know!

  2. Organizational Perspectives on Stratification.

    the status distribution is outweighed by those of upward mobility of other highest, downward mobility of low or middle strata, differences in net fertility, or in net immigration. HETEROGENEITY: As race social practices in a group increase in frequency, group pressures that discourage them subside.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work