The Leopard (3-DVD)
Luchino Visconti's enduring romantic adventure
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Format: DVD (3 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 8, 2004
- Originally Released: 1963
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon & Burt Lancaster|
|Directed by||Luchino Visconti|
|Composition by||Nino Rota|
|Director of Photography:||Giuseppe Rotunno|
Cannes 1963 - Palme d'Or
Rating: 5/5 -- Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture. Full Review
In THE LEOPARD Visconti achieves a near-perfect balance of personal drama and historical perspective.
New York Times
To transpose a book into a movie means to destroy the form of the original in order to re-create the effect in another medium... Visconti has preserved the form without apparently suspecting it had any meaning. Full Review
4 stars out of 4 -- [M]agnificient....What's clear at last is that Lancaster was an inspired casting decision.
The colour and detail is so rich it's almost fattening.
Rating: A+ -- Artistically drawn as if from an old master's hand. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[D]azzling....THE LEOPARD moves at a measured pace from one comprehensive and subtle sequence to another...
Los Angeles Times
Italian director Luchino Visconti delivers one of his most ambitious works with this sprawling historical drama. Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, THE LEOPARD is set in Sicily during the 1800s, as the aristocracy found itself being suffocated by a newly democratic fervor. Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Burt Lancaster) tries to hold on to the past, but it appears that his glory days are waning. This is perfectly exemplified by his nephew Tancredi Falconeri (Alain Delon) and his gorgeous wife-to-be Angelica (Claudia Cardinale). As the revolt gathers steam and begins to affect a real change, the aging prince must come to terms with the new world that surrounds him. With THE LEOPARD, Visconti confirms his status as one of Europe's most masterful directors.
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