Blog 1620 – 02.26.2020
Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time is how many, if not all, good fairy tales begin. Two great movies, in my estimation and that of many others, do also, last years’ Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and 1984’s 3 hour and 49 minute national treasure, Upon A Time In America. It just struck me that George Orwell’s famous and also wonderful, if scary, book “1984” has that date in common with one of my favorite movies.
I suppose, next to tributes to people and songs, the two other things I like writing tributes about most are books and movies. Long before I was a big fan of people, music, or books I was a movie fan. In fact, I learned to love the other three largely because I learned so much about them at and in movies. Till I was in my twenties except for some of those I saw in theaters, drive-ins and walk-ins, most of the movies I saw were in black and white, nevertheless their stories were quite colorful and mind expanding. I did not read a lot of comic books, but loved the few I did, and find it so ironic that many said back then that watching TV and reading comic books would lower your IQ. But, hey, back then, most doctors and nurses smoked and recommended them in cigarette advertising too, and we know how that turned out. The tables on both subjects seem to have turned. Today many of the top box office movies are Marvel and DC Comics and the before movie ads in theaters are about TV shows. TV shows such as Game Of Thrones are the new high brow graphic novels of our time, or so it seems to many of us.
Today a brief tribute to Once Upon A Time In America, a mob story with a lot of heart, that to me is an even better watch than The Godfather movies and HBO’s Sopranos combined, and they are quite exceptional. Robert Di Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuesday Weld, a young Jennifer Connelly, and a large, talented cast are all stunning. And you fall in love with all of them, good guys, girls and bad alike. In fact in such well-told stories we begin to realize that it is true what Dave Mason sang in his 1977 song, “Their ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys. There’s only you and me, and we just disagree.”
If you have not seen Once Upon A Time In America, I hope you will, and if you have, I hope you will watch it again, as I intend to do today after finishing this blog. The wonderful haunting music still echoes in my mind and heart and the fully developed characters teach me tolook for the best in everyone, even myself.
Your friend and fellow traveler,