- THE LEOPARD
- (IL GATTOPARDO)
- 1963, Luchino Visconti, Italy, 186 min.
- With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale
"Magnificent...a great film of a great book."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the greatest visual experiences in cinema."
Visconti's widescreen masterpiece is one of the cinema’s richest visual experiences. Based on the classic novel by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, it tells of an aging but still vigorous Sicilian prince (Lancaster, who modeled his performance on the princely Visconti) whose sympathies for Garibaldi’s revolution conflict with the interests of his own declining class. The climactic 45-minute grand ball scene is an overwhelming tour de force of densely orchestrated detail. In Italian with English subtitles. 4K DCP. Note: There will be a 10-minute intermission. (MR)