The Leopard

The Leopard

The Leopard

Luchino Visconti's extravangant 1963 epic, featuring an international cast including American Burt Lancaster, Frenchman Alain Delon and Italians Claudia Cardinale and Terence Hill.

In the 1860s Sicily, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself. The film traces the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard, played by Lancaster) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa).

Visconti’s masterpiece is often regarded as the Italian Gone With the Wind. A hugely expensive widescreen epic about the passing of the old order, as Italy transformed from a feudal to modern society. Features a sweeping romantic score by Nino Rota and the 45-minute ballroom climax, considered one of movie's greatest sequences.

1963Rating: PG, Violence181 minsItaly, FranceItalian, Latin and French with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWarHistorical

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Variety

Variety

Italy's top bestseller of recent literary history, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa's The Leopard comes to the screen in a magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster. (Review of Original Release)

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The New York Times

The New York Times

For the most part, Nino Rota's music provides a rich melodic surrounding for the pictorial magnificence, and a heretofore unknown Verdi waltz that is played at the ball at the finish appropriately supplements this remarkably vivid, panoramic, and eventually morbid show. (Review of Original Release)

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Leopard was written by the only man who could have written it, directed by the only man who could have directed it, and stars the only man who could have played its title character.

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