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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’or Winners from the 60s: ‘The Leopard’

20 May 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Leopard

Directed by Luchino Visconti

Italy, 1963

Upon sitting down to write a review of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, I thought about the monumental task in front of me: ‘How do I do justice to one of the greatest films ever made?’ It’s easy: I can’t.  I mean, I’ll do my best, but no amount of complimentary adjectives or animated textual analysis can re-create the affecting experience of watching Visconti’s epic masterpiece.

Adapted from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s posthumously published Il Gattopardo, The Leopard takes place in a specific historical moment—Italy’s Risorgimento period—but it could really be set anywhere at any time.  It’s about the painful inevitability of adapting to change and the erosion of one norm for another.  Don Fabrizio Corbera (Burt Lancaster) is the Prince of Salina, and with middle-age upon him and revolution around him, he understands »

- Griffin Bell

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