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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Directed by Sergio Leone.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

This movie was made in 1984 by the great Italian director Sergio Leone.  It owes a lot to the 1972 film The Godfather, but it is wonderful in its own right.

The soundtrack is by Ennio Morricone whose association with Leone is well known.  (As in “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”)

The video below shows the wonder of movie-making as done by a master, even if viewed as still images.  The acting is great, especially with the stunning Elizabeth McGovern (the adult Deborah), DiNiro (Noodles)  and James Woods (Max.)

“Deborah’s Theme” is magical and plays in the background of this video and, during the movie, when the beautiful Deborah glides across the screen.


Jennifer Connelly as Deborah

Jennifer Connelly as Deborah


There is an early scene where the teen-aged Deborah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is practicing her ballet moves while wearing a tutu. Noodles (later played by Robert DiNiro) is watching her through a small portal in the wall.

The whole scene is done as if in slow motion, and the music playing then is the song “Amapola.”  The clarinet carries the solo while a violin plays the counter melody. A lone guitar provides the rhythm. The total effect is exquisitely beautiful.


This version of  “Amapola”  is done in a nearly identical  tempo and effect as in the movie, although this cut, by Stuart Matthewman, is from the soundtrack of another film called Twin Falls, Idaho.  


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Summer tents. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger © Summer tents. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2013  Ocean Grove



These tents are the most photographed of any structures in town.  They captivate visitors who love to hear the story of the tents. They are amazed that the tents are still in use and that you have to wait for years to rent one.

Photographing them is a challenge if you want something unique other than the tired snapshots that people acquire with their phones.  Nevertheless, those photos are the ones that get disseminated all over the world.  They are patriotic images because so many tenters fly the American flag.

—Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger


VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS  “Stardust” from the film The Aviator.

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Circ Lapopie, southwest France. By Paul Goldfinger ©


HIGH HIGHS.  “Open Season” from the soundtrack of Pitch Perfect.


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Moonrise.   By Paul Goldfinger  ©

Today, the glow of the moon, of the moonrise, or the moon over the ocean, or over the river….makes me think of Andy Williams.  I  first listened to his new song, “Moon River,” playing on my car radio one night in 1961. That evening I was alone in my old Plymouth driving home from a date with my future wife, Eileen.  I knew that “Moon River” had to be our song.

Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics, and Henry Mancini the music. It was very beautiful, but I never exactly knew what a “huckleberry friend” was;  somehow I imagined I knew what kind of friend that was.  Today I finally looked it up, and the Urban Dictionary says, “There are your good friends: people who love you. And then there are your huckleberry friends: people who’ve known you for years and have stuck by you and love you no matter what.”

Here are some of the lyrics from a song that was featured in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s:”

“There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me”

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Chester Township, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger

Chester Township, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger.  Re-post 2013.



Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


“Snowstorm”   Soundtrack of  Snow Falling on Cedars.   By  James Newton Howard.

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Asbury Park Fire Dept. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. 2014. ©


JOHN WILLIAMS, ITZHAK PERLMAN.    Il Postino  (movie theme)


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In front of St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery on East 10th Street. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Click left for larger view

In front of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery on East 10th Street.  NYC Street Series. c. 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger. Silver gelatin print. Click image for larger view.  ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


A quiet Sunday morning in the East Village.  In front of a church, it seems odd to see a lion. The lion looks towards the church and is contemplative. He carries a shield befitting his role as king of the beasts.

But, in contrast to that, he stands quietly mute, as if on guard against any evil that might appear in his small peaceful territory with his subjects, the pigeons, at his feet.  He wants to be the protector of anyone who might feel lonely and who would sit on those benches. You get the feeling that he would roar if it became necessary.


Denise Van Outen : “Tell Me on a Sunday”   It’s a sad New York story.

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Tuscan vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left for full view

Chianti vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image for full view


CLINT EASTWOOD.   “Doe Eyes”—The love theme from the Bridges of Madison County”— album version.

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Music from “The Life of Brian” by Monty Python: There is one four-letter word here, so we’ll rate it PG 13, but the music is so much fun that we will overlook that issue.  Anyhow, we could have used a five letter word  and received an R rating, but, on Blogfinger, we do not go all the way, and the letter X is not found on our keyboards. —PG




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Wesley Lake.  Ocean Grove.   By Paul Goldfinger © 2014.


HARRY JAMES AND HIS ORCHESTRA.     “I’ve Heard That Song  Before” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne  (1942)   from Woody Allen’s film Hannah and Her Sisters:


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