The Leopard

The Leopard

Synopsis

Luchino Visconti's The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's best-selling novel, must surely rate as one of the most sumptuously beautiful epics ever made. Set in 1860-62, during the turbulent period of Italian unification, The Leopard tells the story of an aristocratic Sicilian family threatened by the political upheavals. Burt Lancaster excels as the ageing Prince of Salina whose beloved nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) goes off to fight with Garibaldi's revolutionary 'Thousand' and on his return falls in love with Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the beautiful daughter of an up-and-coming merchant. This gorgeous evocation of an era, filmed on location in Sicily, is stunningly photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nino Rota. It glitters with superb set pieces, culminating in the 45-minute ballroom scene where we can see and feel a society in transition.

Technical Specs

Director: Luchino Visconti
Year: 1963
Country: Italy | France
Language: Italian
Duration: 178 min
Colour: Colour
Certificate: PG