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The Leopard (1963)

Il gattopardo (original title)
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.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay and adaptation) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
Claudia Cardinale ... Angelica Sedara / Bertiana
Alain Delon ... Tancredi Falconeri
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Don Calogero Sedara
Rina Morelli ... Princess Maria Stella Salina
Romolo Valli ... Father Pirrone
Terence Hill ... Count Cavriaghi (as Mario Girotti)
Pierre Clémenti ... Francesco Paolo
Lucilla Morlacchi Lucilla Morlacchi ... Concetta
Giuliano Gemma ... Garibaldi's General
Evelyn Stewart ... Carolina (as Ida Galli)
Ottavia Piccolo ... Caterina
Carlo Valenzano Carlo Valenzano ... Paolo
Brook Fuller Brook Fuller ... Little Prince
Anna Maria Bottini Anna Maria Bottini ... Mademoiselle Dombreuil, the Governess
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Luchino Visconti's Enduring Romantic Adventure

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Latin | French

Release Date:

29 March 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Leopard See more »

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Budget:

ITL 2,900,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

According to Fulco della Verdura, director Luchino Visconti's close friend, Visconti's affection for Alain Delon initially caused some favoritism. "He was the only actor to have a dressing room; poor Burt Lancaster stood around for hours waiting." See more »

Goofs

At the begging of the film, Prince of Salina uses de word "mafiosi" to describe Garibaldi's supporters. This word settled few years later, as a result of the popularity of the play "I mafiusi di la Vicaria" from 1863. The mafia organization as we know it, was just starting its activities as such during the post unification period. See more »

Quotes

Tancredi Falconeri: If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian theatrical cut of "The Leopard" ("Il Gattopardo") reportedly ran 205 minutes. General consensus that the running time was excessive led Visconti to edit the film shortly after its premiere. The version that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes reportedly ran 195 minutes (based on an Italian newspaper account of the day). Visconti's preferred cut ran 187 minutes. It is this version that is now available on DVD from the Criterion Collection. An English-dubbed version, re-cut by 20th Century Fox for U.S. and U.K. release, runs approximately 161 minutes, and is also included in the Criterion set. See more »

Connections

Featured in Un sogno fatto in Sicilia (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I Sogni del Principe / Giovani Eroi / Partenza di Tancredi / Amore e Ambizione / Quasi In Porto
Composed by Nino Rota
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Beautiful, Thoughtful, With Some Outstanding Moments
9 August 2006 | by Wulfstan10See all my reviews

This is a beautiful and thoughtful film about the changes occurring in Sicily after 1860, with the unification of Italy and the disappearance of the old Kingdom of Sicily. It explores these changes and and changing role of the old aristocracy through the experiences of the Prince of Salina. Overall it is an excellent film with many beautiful scenes, much contemplation, and a great exploration of the prince's character, views, a realisations.

It has some absolutely incredible moments, particularly the grand ball at the end, which is handled wonderfully. The film perfectly captures the prince's feelings, sadness, and sense of separation or isolation from the rest of the seemingly happy people at the ball and I don't think that I have ever seen this phenomenon handled so powerfully. The whole atmosphere of the ball, with the prince sweating and feeling in a daze while others laugh, giggle, dance and gossip, is wonderful, as is the horrible din while people go to get food and chat away whilst eating. It is unusual in that it perfectly captures such negative aspects of big, "festive" parties so rarely even addressed, much less demonstrated so flawlessly. The fact that such feelings of isolation and the like are a fundamental reality of big parties, especially when one has a lot on one's mind, makes this all the more forceful and compelling.

However, the film has some weaknesses. It does not bring everything together quite perfectly and fails to completely hit the nail on the head. I understand the transformations in the film and the prince's emotions, yet there is too little information underlying all of this too really see the bases for these thoughts, etc. I needed to extrapolate and rely on my own knowledge of the historical circumstances, none of which really should be necessary. The result is that I can easily see how audiences may be confused or uncertain what it's all really about. Moreover, it introduces scenes or issues that seem to have no point, lack an explanation, and go nowhere. Some seem at first to have significance, but then go nowhere and this tends to distract from the central plot and themes of the film while leading to potential confusion about the point of the scenes, as well as expectations that the issues will arise again. However, while these points to me prevent this from being the absolute masterpiece that it could have been, they do not seriously detract from the film and are only minor dents in the film's incredible strengths.


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