Leopard [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Leopard [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: Luchino Visconti Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Alain Delon
Alain Delon
, Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
, Rina Morelli
Rina Morelli
Luchino Visconti
Leopard [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Leopard [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: Luchino Visconti Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Alain Delon
Alain Delon
, Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
, Rina Morelli
Rina Morelli
Luchino Visconti

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Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, published posthumously in 1958 and subsequently translated into all European languages, the picture opens as Salina (Burt Lancaster) learns that Garibaldi's troops have embarked in Sicily. While the Prince sees the event as an obvious threat to his current social status, his opportunistic nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) becomes an officer in Garibaldi's army and returns home a war hero. Tancredi starts courting the beautiful Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), a daughter of the town's newly appointed Mayor, Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa). Though the Prince despises Don Calogero as an upstart who made a fortune on land speculation during the recent social upheaval, he reluctantly agrees to his nephew's marriage, understanding how much this alliance would mean for the impecunious Tancredi. Painfully realizing the aristocracy's obsolescence in the wake of the new class of bourgeoisie, the Prince later declines an offer from a governmental emissary to become a senator in the new Parliament in Turin. The closing section, an almost hour-long ball, is often cited as one of the most spectacular sequences in film history. Burt Lancaster is magnificent in the first of his patriarchal roles, and the rest of the cast, especially Delon and Cardinale, become almost perfect incarnations of the novel's characters. Filmed in glorious Techniscope and rich in period detail, the film is a remarkable cinematic achievement in all departments. The version that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival ran 205 minutes. Inexplicably, the picture was subsequently distributed by 20th Century Fox in a poorly dubbed, 165-min. English-language version, using inferior color process. The restored Italian-language version, supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, appeared in 1990, though the longest print still ran only 187 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2014
UPC: 0715515119313
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Language: English
Time: 3:05:00
Sales rank: 382

Special Features

Disc One; Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; Disc Two; The 161-minute american release, with English-language dialogue, including Burt Lancaster's own voice; A Dying Breed: The making of "The Leopard," an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Rotunno, actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceechi D'Amico, filmmaker Sydney Pollack; Interview with Producer Goffredo Lombardo; Interview with scholar Millicent Marcus on the history behind The Leopard; Trailers and newsreels; Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by author and film historian Michael Wood

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Actor
Alain Delon Actor
Claudia Cardinale Actor
Rina Morelli Maria Stella
Paolo Stoppa Don Calogero
Romolo Valli Padre
Serge Reggiani Don Ciccio
Pierro Clementi Francesco
Marino Mase Tutor
Mario Girotti Cayriaghi
Lucilla Morlacchi Concetta
Ida Galli Carolina
Ottavia Piccolo Caterina
Carlo Valenzano Paolo
Anna-Maria Bottini Governess Mademoiselle Dombreuil
Terence Hill Count Cayriaghi
Leslie French Cavalier Chevally
Olimpia Cavalli Mariannina
Sandra Chistolini Youngest Daughter
Brook Fuller Little Prince
Giuliano Gemma Garibaldino General
Giovanni Melisendi Don Onofrio Rotolo
Howard Nelson-Rubien Don Diego
Lola Braccini Donna Margherita
Ivo Garrani Col. Pallavicino
Vittorio Duse Actor
Alberto Carlo Lolli Actor
Franco Gula Actor
Giovanni Materassi Actor
Carmelo Artale Actor
Marie Bell Actor
Amalia Troiani Actor
Anna Maria Surdo Actor
Alina Zalewska Actor
Winni Riva Actor
Giuseppe Spagnitti Actor
Rosolino Bua Actor
Dante Posani Actor
Stelvio Rosi Actor
Tina Lattanzi Actor
Marcella Rovena Actor
Rina De Liguoro Actor
Valerio Ruggeri Actor
Carlo Palmucci Actor
Nino Rota Composer

Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director,Screenwriter
Goffredo Lombardo Producer
Pietro Notarianni Executive Producer
Suso Cecchi d'Amico Screenwriter
Enrico Medioli Screenwriter
Pasquale Festa Campanile Screenwriter
Massimo Franciosa Screenwriter
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