Ballet sequence from “Once Upon a Time in America.”


Ballet scene. Paul Goldfinger photo.  From Once Upon a Time in America. The beautiful Jennifer Connelly played the young Deborah in this movie.  This portrait is from the ballet scene.


I recently wrote a piece on this topic.   You can go to  (our NJ blog)  and scroll down a bit to find it.


In the movie, the song “Amapola” was performed as a clarinet solo,  and it is beautiful. You can hear it by going to


“Amapola” by Andrea Bocelli    from his album Amore.