The Leopard

A superb, sumptuous epic based on Guiseppe di Lampedusa’s novel about the decline of the Italian aristocracy and the rise to power of the bourgeoisie. Financed by 20th Century-Fox and released to critical acclaim in Europe, The Leopard was butchered for its initial, inauspicious U.S. release, finally earning the acclaim it deserved when a restored version was presented in 1983. Burt Lancaster plays an elderly prince struggling to come to terms with the rapidly changing Italian social structure of the 1860s. He arranges for his nephew, Tancredi (Alain Delon), to marry Angela (Claudia Cardinale), the daughter of a rich merchant, in an attempt to shore up his status and lifestyle and, during a nearly hour-long ball scene with which the film closes, ruminates on his own past and present as well that of his social class. This is a gorgeous, fascinating account of the interplay between the personal and the social, directed with the kind of insight that only an aristocrat-turned-Marxist like Visconti could afford. (Lancaster claimed that he actually based his performance on Visconti’s character). The ball scene, at which the aristocrats come to accept that power has passed into the hands of the nouveau riches is justly regarded as one of the finest set pieces in film history.

France İtaly
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1963


Script
Enrico Medioli
Luchino Visconti
Massimo Franciosa
Pasquale Festa Campanile
Suso Cecchi D’Amico

Cinematography
Giuseppe Rotunno

Editing
Mario Serandrei

Production
Titanus

Cast
Alain Delon
Burt Lancaster
Claudia Cardinale
Paolo Stoppa
Rina Morelli

Music
Nino Rota Unpublished Waltz: Giuseppe Verdi

Awards
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Foreign Film
Best Production David di Donatello
Best Production Design Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Golden Palm Cannes
Special Award Sant Jordi Awards

Festivals
12th Festival on Wheels
18th Festival on Wheels
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