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The Leopard (1963)

Il gattopardo (original title)
Approved | | Drama, History | 15 July 1963 (USA)
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

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In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero's beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society. Written by alfiehitchie

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Luchino Visconti's Enduring Romantic Adventure

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Drama | History

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Budget:

ITL 2,900,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£39,102 (UK) (2 May 2003)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Luchino Visconti wanted to cast Nikolay Cherkasov as Prince Salina (apparently, he saw the Russian actor in Sergei M. Eisenstein's movies Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945) and Alexander Nevsky (1938)). However, Cherkassov refused for unknown reasons. Burt Lancaster later told film critic Roger Ebert, "They wanted a Russian, but he was too old. They wanted [Laurence Olivier], but he was too busy. When I was suggested, Visconti said, 'Oh, no! A cowboy!' But I had just finished Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), which he saw, and he needed $3 million, which 20th Century-Fox would give them if they used an American star, and so the inevitable occurred. And it turned out to be a wonderful marriage". See more »

Goofs

During one of the long shots of the journey to Donnafugata, a blur crosses the screen near the center, apparently caused by a fly crawling over the lens. See more »

Quotes

Concetta: Tancredi, one tells nasty tales like that to a confessor, not to young ladies at the table - or at least not when I'm there!
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Paintings in Movement
18 January 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Il Gattopardo" is another fantastic and grandiose movie of the aristocratic Marxist artist Luchino Viscontti. The story of the decadence of the Italian aristocracy with the unification of Italy, "Il Risorgimento", in 1860, is presented in Sicily through the eyes of the noble and clever Prince Don Fabrizio Salina, magnificently played by Burt Lancaster. It is amazing to see the cinematography and costume design, the details of each scene, which give me the sensation of being in a museum watching pictures at an exhibition, indeed paintings in movement. The shinning beauty of Claudia Cardinale dancing with the elegant Burt Lancaster is simply wonderful. The DVD released in Brazil by Versátil Distributor has 185 minutes running time, was completely restored and has more than two hours of Extras, honoring respectfully the memory of Luchino Viscontti. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Leopardo" ("The Leopard")


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