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The Assassin

Writer-director Elio Petri scores big in his first feature, the story of a heel suspected of murder. Is he a killer, or just an average guy trying to get ahead, who uses women to his advantage? Marcello Mastroianni impresses as well in a serious role, with Salvo Randone shining as the police inspector trying to pry a confession from him. Beautifully restored in HD; the show is from a time when Italian film was at its zenith.

The Assassin

Blu-ray + DVD

Arrow Video USA

1961 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / L’Assassino / Available from Arrow Video

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone, Andrea Checchi, Francesco Grandjacquet, Marco Mariani, Franco Ressel.

Cinematography: Carlo Di Palma

Film Editor: Ruggero Mastroianni

Original Music: Piero Piccione

Written by Tonino (Antonio) Guerra, Elio Petri, Pasquale Fest Campanile, Massimo Franciosa

Produced by Franco Cristaldi

Directed by Elio Petri

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Academy Award Film Series: It Takes Eastwood to Get Enthusiastic Praise for Derivative, Mostly Predictable Father Figure Melo

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Leopard’ Basks in the Bittersweet Glow of Nostalgia

Chicago – Many great films have been made about the changing of eras and the passing of power from one generation to another. But few are as masterfully conceived and as lovingly detailed as Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti’s 1963 classic “The Leopard.” Gorgeously restored on Blu-Ray, this near-masterpiece was sliced and diced by Hollywood for American audiences, but is now presented in its original three-hour running time.

As one of the founders of Italian neorealism, Visconti is well known for his depictions of upper-class life, which are somewhat inspired by his own upbringing in one of Italy’s wealthiest families. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel of “The Leopard,” published a few months after the author’s death, was an ideal fit for Visconti’s stylistic and thematic obsessions. The story centers on members of the Sicilian aristocracy during the Risorgimento (Italian unification) of the early 1860s. The aristocracy’s delicate
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Salma Hayek Photo: Cannes 2010

Salma Hayek, an Academy Award nominee back in 2003 for Frida, attends the premiere of the restored Luchino Visconti classic The Leopard / Il gattopardo, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. The event was held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010, in the south of France. Both Delon and Cardinale were present. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage.) Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s novel, The Leopard (1963) also features Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Visconti was one of the [...]
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Kate Beckinsale Photo: Cannes 2010

Kate Beckinsale shows up the premiere of the restored Luchino Visconti classic The Leopard / Il gattopardo, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. The cinematic event was held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010, in the south of France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage.) The Leopard (1963) also features Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Both Delon and Cardinale were in attendance at the premiere. Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, The Leopard is based on Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s classic novel. Among Luchino Visconti’s other film classics are [...]
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Photo: Cannes 2010

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, one of the greatest Bollywood stars, attends the premiere of Luchino Visconti’s restored classic The Leopard / Il gattopardo, a period drama starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. The screening was held at the Palais des Festivals during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on May 14. (Photo by Getty Images.) In addition to Lancaster, Delon, and Cardinale, The Leopard (1963) also features Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Both Delon and Cardinale were in attendance at the premiere. Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, The Leopard is based on Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s [...]
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Martin Scorsese Photo: Cannes 2010 The Leopard Premiere

Martin Scorsese, Best Director Oscar winner for The Departed and ardent movie lover, attends the premiere of the restored Luchino Visconti classic The Leopard / Il gattopardo, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. The event was held at the Palais des Festivals during the 2010 International Cannes Film Festival on May 14. (Photo by Getty Images/WireImage) The Leopard (1963), which some consider Visconti’s masterpiece, also features Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Both Delon and Cardinale were in attendance at the premiere. Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, The Leopard is based on Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s [...]
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Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Gilles Jacob Photo: Cannes 2010

Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, and Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob (mostly hidden behind Delon’s outstretched arms) at the Il Gattopardo / The Leopard premiere held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010 on the French Riviera. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage) Directed by Luchino Visconti, and adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s novel, The Leopard (1963) is considered one the greatest Visconti’s films. Also in the period drama’s cast: Burt Lancaster, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Other Visconti efforts include Ossessione, Bellissima, Senso, Rocco [...]
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Claudia Cardinale Photo: The Leopard Cannes Premiere

Claudia Cardinale arrives at the premiere of Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo / The Leopard, which was held at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage) Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s sprawling novel, The Leopard (1963) also featured Alain Delon (you can see part of him in the above photo), Burt Lancaster, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Other Visconti efforts include Ossessione, Senso, Rocco and His Brothers (in which Cardinale has a small role), Sandra (starring Cardinale), Death in Venice, Conversation Piece, Ludwig, and [...]
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Alain Delon, Anouchka Delon Photo: Cannes 2010

Anouchka Delon and Alain Delon — and Claudia Cardinale’s arm — attend the premiere of Luchino Visconti’s restored 1963 classic Il gattopardo / The Leopard at the Salla DeBussy during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo: Swarovski / WireImage.) Adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s novel, The Leopard is considered by some the greatest among Visconti’s films. Also in the cast: Burt Lancaster, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Other Visconti efforts include Ossessione, Senso, Rocco and His Brothers, Death in Venice, Conversation Piece, and The Innocent. Click on the photo to [...]
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Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Anouchka Delon Photo: Cannes 2010

Anouchka Delon, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale attend the Il Gattopardo / The Leopard premiere held at the Palais des Festivals during the 2010 edition of the International Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010 in Cannes, in the south of France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage) Directed by Luchino Visconti, and adapted by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, and Massimo Franciosa, from Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s novel, The Leopard (1963) is considered one the greatest Visconti productions. In addition to Delon and Cardinale, Visconti’s sumptuous historical drama features Burt Lancaster, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli, Pierre Clémenti, Terence Hill, and Giuliano Gemma. Among Visconti’s other film classics [...]
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"Il Gattopardo" @ 2010 Cannes Film Festival

The newly restored version of director Luchino Visconti’s "Il Gattopardo" debuted @ the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival, thanks to support from Gucci.

Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini was joined on the red carpet by the film’s original cast members Alain Delon ('Tancredi Falconeri') and Claudia Cardinale ('Angelica Sedara'), with producer/director Martin Scorsese, Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, introducing the film.

"Il Gattopardo" first screened @ Cannes in 1963, winning the festival's top award, the 'Palme d'Or'.

With Gucci's support, the film has undergone an extensive 4K digital restoration at Sony’s Colorworks Digital Facility through a partnership of Cineteca di Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox, and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale.

"Il Gattopardo" (The Leopard), based on the novel by author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, was first released March 1963, directed by Visconti, produced by Goffredo Lombardo/Pietro Notarianni
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