Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin ... See full summary »
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
"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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