in about 100 words or less
Italy 185m, Colour
Director: Luchino Visconti; Cast: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Serge Reggiani, Romolo Valli, Ottavia Piccolo, Ivo Garrani
The Leopard is an opulent historical drama set in late 19th century Italy during Garibaldi’s war to unify the country and is about the changing fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family. Based on the 1958 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel of the same name, Visconti’s adaptation is a visually grand cinematic experience that is rich in historical detail, and replete with strong performances. Despite its obvious technical and artistic merits, the film languishes under its own lengthy running time, and a screenplay that fails to deliver upon its promise as the Italian Gone with the Wind (Klaus Ming April 2015).