Frames of Preference: Once Upon a Time in America

Today’s Frame of Preference comes from Sergio Leone’s often overlooked, sprawling, gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America (1984). The movie follows the tumultuous life of a Prohibition-era gangster played by Robert De Niro, and showcases some of Leone’s most brilliant shots, including this one. This look at the Brooklyn Bridge towering over a dilapidated street communicates perfectly the beauty and the gravity of the film.

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