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In September 2009, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Leone's death, a special screening of
Once Upon A Time In America
took place in Pomezia, which is near to Pratica di Mare where the garbage truck scene was filmed.
Roughly translated, Luigi Celoria, Lazio's regional councillor, made the following statement:
"On this wonderful occasion we remember the great director Sergio Leone with a screening of the film that more than anything else tied him to our land so much so that, after filming some scenes here, he expressed the desire to be buried in Pratica di Mare when the time came.
In 1989 I sat in council with the then-mayor Peter Angellotto, who signed the authorization for the burial.
The last scene of Once Upon a Time in America was shot in the estate of Capocotta, just across the street inside the main gate, where Sergio Leone rebuilt the exterior of the villa of Senator Bailey (Max).
I remember that the shooting lasted more than a month, because Sergio Leone filmed another final scene, which included an exploding car..."
The only entrance to the Capocotta estate which seems similar to the scene in the movie is the entrance on the north side of the estate on the Via Pontina.
There undoubtedly have been some changes to the area during the last 30 years but if this location is correct, Leone's team took a heck of a lot of trouble in re-creating his vision for what ultimately was a relatively small amount of screen time.
From the movie
Views of the area
Maps of the area
Street view of the entrance on Google:
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