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Il gattopardo: The leopard

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Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, published posthumously in 1958 and subsequently translated into all European languages, the picture opens as Salina (Burt Lancaster) learns that Garibaldi's troops have embarked in Sicily. While the Prince sees the event as an obvious threat to his current social status, his opportunistic nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) becomes an officer in Garibaldi's army and returns home a war hero. Tancredi starts courting the beautiful Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), a daughter of the town's newly appointed Mayor, Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa). Though the Prince despises Don Calogero as an upstart who made a fortune on land speculation during the recent social upheaval, he reluctantly agrees to his nephew's marriage, understanding how much this alliance would mean for the impecunious Tancredi. Painfully realizing the aristocracy's obsolescence in the wake of the new class of bourgeoisie, the Prince later declines an offer from a governmental emissary to become a senator in the new Parliament in Turin. The closing section, an almost hour-long ball, is often cited as one of the most spectacular sequences in film history. Burt Lancaster is magnificent in the first of his patriarchal roles, and the rest of the cast, especially Delon and Cardinale, become almost perfect incarnations of the novel's characters. Filmed in glorious Techniscope and rich in period detail, the film is a remarkable cinematic achievement in all departments. The version that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival ran 205 minutes. Inexplicably, the picture was subsequently distributed by 20th Century Fox in a poorly dubbed, 165-min. English-language version, using inferior color process. The restored Italian-language version, supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, appeared in 1990, though the longest print still ran only 187 minutes. ~ Yuri German, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID2c7bb2f0-e6c6-ec53-3d15-07a2de1a0fdb
Grouping Titlegattopardo the leopard
Grouping Authortitanus
Grouping Categorymovie
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auth_author2Cardinale, Claudia, 1939-
Cecchi d'Amico, Suso.
Delon, Alain, 1935-
Lancaster, Burt, 1913-1994.
Lombardo, Goffredo.
Morelli, Rina, 1908-1976.
Rota, Nino, 1911-1979.
Stoppa, Paolo.
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe, 1896-1957.
Visconti, Luchino, 1906-1976.
Wood, Michael, 1936-
author2-roleCardinale, Claudia,1939-
Cecchi d'Amico, Suso.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Delon, Alain,1935-
Lancaster, Burt,1913-1994.
Lombardo, Goffredo.
Morelli, Rina,1908-1976.
Rota, Nino,1911-1979.
Stoppa, Paolo.
Titanus (Firm)
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe,1896-1957.Gattopardo.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.
Visconti, Luchino,1906-1976.
Wood, Michael,1936-
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display_descriptionRecounting the years of Italy's Risorgimento-when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a democratic Italy.
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Aristocracy (Social class) -- Italy -- Sicily -- Drama
Feature films -- Italy
Film adaptations
Italy -- History -- 1849-1870 -- Drama
Sicily (Italy) -- Drama
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe, -- 1896-1957. -- Film adaptations
Video recordings
title_displayIl gattopardo : The leopard
title_fullIl gattopardo [videorecording] = The leopard / Titanus production released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. ; Criterion Collection ; adattato e sceneggiato da Suso Cecchi ... [and others] ; Goffredo Lombardo presenta ; regia, Luchino Visconti
title_shortIl gattopardo
title_subThe leopard
topic_facetAristocracy (Social class)
Feature films
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe
upc715515015226 (set)