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Release Date:
15 July 1963 (USA) See more »
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Luchino Visconti's Enduring Romantic Adventure
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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While I feel distanced by some of the atmosphere, I don't deny it's one of Visconti's most ambitious and gorgeous films See more (88 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
 
Writing credits
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (novel)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay and adaptation) &
Pasquale Festa Campanile (screenplay and adaptation) and
Enrico Medioli (screenplay and adaptation) &
Massimo Franciosa (screenplay and adaptation) and
Luchino Visconti (screenplay and adaptation)

Produced by
Goffredo Lombardo .... producer
Pietro Notarianni .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
 
Set Decoration by
Laudomia Hercolani 
Giorgio Pes 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Angelini .... wig maker
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Amalia Paoletti .... wig maker
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Giorgio Adriani .... production manager
Gaetano Amata .... unit manager
Riccardo Caneva .... unit manager
Roberto Cocco .... unit manager
Lamberto Pippia .... assistant unit manager
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Umberto Sambuco .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Sassaroli .... unit manager
Gilberto Scarpellini .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... first assistant director
Brad Fuller .... second assistant director
Francesco Massaro .... second assistant director
Rinaldo Ricci .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Emilio D'Andria .... assistant set decorator
Ferdinando Giovannoni .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Mario Messina .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Dino Galiano .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Cignitti .... camera operator
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Giuseppe Maccari .... camera operator
G.B. Poletto .... still photographer
Francesco Brescini .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer: special magazine assignment (uncredited)
Piero Servo .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bice Brichetto .... assistant costume designer
Alessandro Gasparinetti .... wardrobe consultant
Vera Marzot .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
Nino Rota .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephan Iscovescu .... script supervisor
René Barjavel .... dialogue: french version (uncredited)
Isa Bellini .... voice dubbing: Anna Maria Bottini (uncredited)
Lando Buzzanca .... voice dubbing: Serge Reggiani (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Pierre Clémenti (uncredited)
Solveyg D'Assunta .... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Franco Fabrizi .... voice dubbing: Terence Hill (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Burt Lancaster (uncredited)
Sydney Pollack .... dubbed version supervisor: USA (uncredited)
Carlo Sabatini .... voice dubbing: Alain Delon (uncredited)
Alberto Testa .... choreographer (uncredited)
Jacques Willemetz .... dubbing director: french version (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il gattopardo" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
187 min | Spain:151 min (cut version) | UK:161 min (cut version) | USA:165 min (cut version) | France:195 min (Cannes Film Festival) | 205 min (premiere version) | West Germany:161 min (cut version)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (re-rating) (1985) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG (certificate #20553) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Director Luchino Visconti was disappointed that the producers of the film insisted on casting Burt Lancaster in the lead role, because he felt he was not right for the part. This caused tension between the two during the first few weeks of filming. Visconti's harsh treatment toward Lancaster eventually led to the actor publicly confronting him on the set. Visconti was so impressed with the passion and sincerity that Lancaster displayed during his tirade that the two developed a close and amicable relationship for the rest of the filming process.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: There is much kissing of hands during the movie. According to the book "Histoire de la politesse de 1789 à nos jours (History of good manners from 1789 till today)" by F. Rouvillois, the kissing of hands only appeared at the turn of the XXth century when the story in the movie was supposed to take place in 1860-1862, more than 40 years before.See more »
Quotes:
Tancredi Falconeri:If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Sicilian Odyssey (2009)See more »
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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
While I feel distanced by some of the atmosphere, I don't deny it's one of Visconti's most ambitious and gorgeous films, 18 August 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

What I found most fascinating, though this would exclude the character of Fabrizio Salina (played dead-on by Burt Lancaster) and the images captured time and time again, is that The Leopard is practically a 180 from Visconti's breakthroughs. Think of Ossessione and La Terra Trema and any film buff will think of neo-realism, the plight of the under-valued, the emerging form of power in the simplest stories, the most heartbreaking images. By the time it came around to the Leopard, Visconti was still making personal movies, but here with the Leopard instead of it being a grainy black and white, full screen film set in the present and detailing the lower classes in their communities, it's a sumptuous widescreen technicolor feat telling the story of aristocracy in 1860 Italy. But, luckily, Visconti doesn't disappoint- this is a rich film, one that I may not have been able to penetrate on the first viewing, and I don't know how many viewings it will take me to do so.

The lead character, a Count (Lancaster), has to face up with the changing times- not only is an end coming to a ruling class that has been more or less on rules for about 2500 years, his nephew Tancredi (played in a wonderful early performance by Alain Deleon) is in love with a fellow Don, Calogero's (Stoppa, genuinely slimy and interesting aristocrat) daughter Angelica (Claudia Cardinale, who makes Catherine Zeta Jones seem like an every-girl in the looks and persona department). A revolution seems on the way, but it is ceased, and meanwhile the Prince sees that things are changing, but as one quotes, "things will stay the same".

The Leopard is many things- philosophical treatise on the nature of the ruling class with all that is to offer when looking down on the 'little people'; classic, novel-type love story with characters not going into the realm of soap; it's a feast for the eyes and the ears- Giusseppe Rotuno and Nino Rota turn in five of their greatest pieces of work respectively (even when a character may be talking and it may not be terribly interesting, looking at the shots that unfold is not deterring in the least). Although the drama that unfolds at times isn't as compelling as in Visconti's neo-realist efforts, and the fact that this is in another country going back nearly a hundred and fifty years (the distance as opposed to recognizability of the family in the fishing village of La Terra Trema), it is a treat to see.

And, indeed, after seeing it on a big screen (a rare occasion, thanks to the Film Forum theater in New York), it perhaps one of the finest widescreen films to come out of Italy in the past fifty years. A masterful sequence is to behold as well- the ballroom sequence, where the tones are instinctively precise. Bottom line, this is (one of) the ultimate aristocrat-turned-Marxist take(s) on 19th century Italy and Sicily. Grade: A

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