The Leopard

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars
Is this the most beautiful film ever made? Watching Visconti’s 1963 saga of Sicilian aristocracy swamped by the mid-nineteenth century is like stepping into an old master, where the eye lingers rapturously over folds of velvet and the changing light. Like Lampedusa, the author of the novel, Visconti was born into the nobility, and one senses their empathy with the story’s ruminative Prince, who realises his class is doomed. The writing and Burt Lancaster’s majestic performance add ideological complexity and emotional resonance – orchestrated by fine support including Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale – but the film’s greatness lies in the way it makes the 1860s live. Visconti’s attention to detail is one element, but there’s something about the grace, squalor, tedium and elegance of the climactic ball sequence which goes beyond filmmaking into embodying a vanished way of life.



Release details

205 mins

Cast and crew

Luchino Visconti, Goffredo Lombardi
Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti
Burt Lancaster
Alain Delon
Claudia Cardinale
Paolo Stoppa
Rina Morelli
Serge Reggiani
Romolo Valli
Leslie French
Ivo Garrani
Mario Girotti
Pierre Clémenti

Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars