TRANSITIONS & VISUAL LINKS

In Once Upon A Time In America Leone wanted changes in time or location to be marked with specific links.  Many of these links are very imaginative.

A lamp in an opium den


turns into a street light


A key at Fat Moes


links to a locker at a railway station


A Coney Island painting in 1933


Big Apple in 1968


Photograph on side of Car Rental Booth


Noodles driving a rental car to the cemetery/Fat Moe's


Old Noodles


Young Noodles


Reminiscent of Duck, You Sucker?


Not Really!


A model of saving a shipment with salt


The real thing


Max looking at an inscription


Noodles looking at an inscription


A key in the mausoleum


opens a locker at the railway station


Something whistles over Noodles' head


A hand catches it - it's a frisbee


Max offers to take Noodles' bag


Joe says "Be easy with the girl" (Carol)


Carol


The gang go swimming and their car sinks into the water


replaced with a televised image of a car being sprayed with foam


Noodles recognizes the Jimmy on TV


as the same Jimmy the gang rescued from a tank of gasoline


Crowning's men are shot


links to the popping of a cork from a champage bottle


Max & Noodles decide to go swimming again


but this time at the beach


Max's FR drawing in the sand


The Federal Reserve bank


"Crazy" Max looking at the floor


The floor of the Bailey Foundation


A photograph of Deborah


The real thing


A poster of Deborah


The real thing


Noodles looking at David


Max looking at David


Light flares off a gun


the gun goes out of focus


and introduces a montage


The rear lights of the garbage truck


turn into car headlights