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Big screen classics

The Leopard

Il gattopardo

This sumptuous, elegant epic looks at the declining fortunes of an aristocratic Sicilian family at the time of Garibaldi.

Image from The Leopard

Italy-France 1963
Dir Luchino Visconti
With Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Serge Reggiani
188min
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

Luchino Visconti’s epic, somewhat nostalgic adaptation of Lampedusa’s novel about the fading fortunes of an aristocratic Sicilian family during the Risorgimeno centres on a marvellous performance by Burt Lancaster as the stoic but sorrowing Prince of Salina. He’s surrounded by a stellar cast, sumptuous sets and splendid costumes, all lustrously caught by Giuseppe Rotunno’s camerawork – most memorably in a lavish ballroom sequence.


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