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Il Gattopardo  (The Leopard)
 
 

Directed by Luchino Visconti, Italy 1963
187 mins. Italian dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : PALME D'OR AT 1963 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
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, 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 and begins courting the beautiful Angelica (Claudia Cardinale).  Winner of Palme D'Or Cannes Film Festival 1963.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"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."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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