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 climax is the scene of the sumptuous ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.
With a fabulous performance by an aging Burt Lancaster, far from his prime in “From Here to Eternity”, we can watch in his character of the Prince of Messina, a depth that guaranteed him a place in the history of Cinema. Wise but uncompromised, his prince is a true aristocrat who knows his place and the integrity that is expected from him but is unable to accept the winds of modernity without the values of the past. The scene of the ball, a sumptuous reconstruction, filled with details, is a true fresco in which shine the very young Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, showing clearly Visconti’s talent as a director of opera and the theatre. A true masterpiece celebrating Beauty and Refinement.
Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers(1960), Death in Venice (1971), The Leopard (1963) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died in 1976 in Rome, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971), The Leopard (1963) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died in 1976 in Rome, Italy.
Title: Il Gattopardo. Countries: Ita/ Fra. Direction: Luchino Visconti. Script: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Suso Cecchi d’ Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile. Actors: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Terence Hill, Pierre Clémenti . Year: 1963. Duration: 186’