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“One of the films I live by.” Martin Scorsese
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, Luchino Visconti’s greatest film has gone through many tribulations at the hands of distributors and exhibitors keen to cut it down to size and remove its Italian-language soundtrack. It was not until Scorsese’s Film Foundation restored the film, thanks to a grant of $900,000 from the Gucci Foundation, that many first saw the complete film – a majestic tale of a Sicilian prince passively resisting the 1848 revolution. Based on Tomasi De Lampedusa’s great novel, the 4K restoration brings out every detail of the sumptuous production design, every remarkable costume and every facial expression with a clarity previously unknown. Remarkable performances by Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. The near hour-long ball scene which concludes the film is its own epic depiction of a society whose end is near.
“One of the greatest achievements of Italian cinema.” David Stratton
To read Rod Bishop's detailed notes on the film, click here.
Cinema Reborn is grateful for the support of the Instituto Italiano Di Cultura in the presentation of The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).
Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa
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