The Leopard Blu-ray
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Directed by Luchino Visconti
Produced in 1963
Main Language - Italian with English subtitles
Against a dramatic 19th century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism, Luchino Viscontiís masterful epic, The Leopard, follows the Sicilian Prince of Salina and his family as they adjust to the social turbulence of revolutionary times. Adapted from Tomasi di Lampedusaís esteemed novel of the same name, this is a tragicomic depiction of a class eclipsed by history.
Starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, this gorgeous evocation of an era Ė beautifully photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nino Rota Ė glitters with superb set pieces, culminating in the climatic 45 minute ballroom section where we can see and feel a society in transition. An absolute visual feast.
Length: 185 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
Format: Blu-ray Colour
Released: 21st June 2010
Cat No: BFIB1087
- Full-feature commentary by David Forgacs and Rossana Capitano
- Interview with Claudia Cardinale
- Italian Trailer
- Illustrated colour booklet containing newly commissioned essays
- PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit).
“Visually sumptuous, dialogue disastrous”
by Nick on 17th November 2008
Not so much of a review, just a comment. While it would be churlish not greet the reconstruction of Luchino Visconti's 'The Leopard' to its proper length, why, oh why,... Read on
Not so much of a review, just a comment. While it would be churlish not greet the reconstruction of Luchino Visconti's 'The Leopard' to its proper length, why, oh why, has Burt Lancaster's consummately restrained dialogue been replaced with a desperately inferior Italian overdubbing. OK, so it was originally an Italian film, but let's face it, for many of us Lancaster and Alain Delon spoke more authoritatively in English. For me this re-issue is still a flawed masterpiece. Hide
by Barry Forshaw on 24th September 2004
At last itís available on DVD! Visconti's beautiful and powerful drama, long available only in a cut and truncated form, receives a welcome restoration. Visconti's ada... Read on
At last itís available on DVD! Visconti's beautiful and powerful drama, long available only in a cut and truncated form, receives a welcome restoration. Visconti's adaptation of di Lampedusaís classic novel is one of the directorís great movies, although itís been hard to judge in the version weíve been able to see until now. Itís hard to think that the three principal actors were all acting in their own languages (Burt Lancaster, English, Alain Delon, French and Claudia Cardinal, Italian), so unified is the final effect (wisely, Italian has been chosen as the default language). The only question is: why have we had to wait so long for this restoration? Hide
by Anon on 13th April 2004
Arguably Viscontiís masterpiece, The Leopardís reputation as an important work had been severely damaged by 20th Century Fox. Despite winning the Palme Díor at Cannes ... Read on
Arguably Viscontiís masterpiece, The Leopardís reputation as an important work had been severely damaged by 20th Century Fox. Despite winning the Palme Díor at Cannes and receiving critical acclaim in Europe, Fox inexplicably and comprehensively hacked into the film, releasing a shorter, dubbed version. Now restored to its majestic self, Viscontiís epic has seen its worth re-evaluated and its stock rise; with good reason. There is much to admire.
The film follows the decline of the Sicilian aristocracy during the Risorgimento; the Republican revolution in Italy which took place in the 1860s; and a story not too dissimilar from Viscontiís own family history. Born Count Don Luchino Visconti Di Morone, his aristocratic upbringing was to be a strange bedfellow with his Marxist leanings, prompting Salvador Dali to spit: ĎHe was a Communist who only liked luxuryí.
It is this dichotomy which fascinates, giving Viscontiís work a sense of melodrama, which, coupled with his acute and instinctive storytelling ability, provides The Leopard with a strong resonance. The Leopard of the title is Prince Salina (Lancaster) whose fortunes are in decline. The Prince arranges a marriage between his nephew, Tancredi (Delon) and Angelica, (Cardinale) daughter of the rich merchant Don Calogero, who will bring a handsome dowry into the family. Eventually, the Prince is offered a seat in the newly formed Senate, but canít bring himself to have anything to do with the new ruling order. The film builds to its climax; an awesome Ball scene which still has few peers, in which Angelica makes a successful society debut and the Prince becomes all the more contemplative as he faces the realisation that the old order and world he knows is over.
It is Lancasterís movie, a performance that is understated and infused with a dignity which runs through his character like a watermark. Lancaster allegedly based his character on Visconti himself, although how much truth is in this is debatable. Viscontiís treatment of Lancaster on set was reportedly abysmal and there was no love lost between them. Delon was no stranger to appearances in Italian movies at this time (LíEclisse, Rocco and his Brothers) and was a favourite leading man of Viscontiís, his good looks appealing to the bi-sexual director. Delon turns in a typically brooding performance here and the screen adores him. Claudia Cardinale never really attained the status of a true movie great but has enduring popularity, suffering perhaps from the fact that her looks tended to overshadow her ability. In The Leopard, Cardinale gives a spirited, almost gritty performance, most memorably in the scene where she disgraces herself at dinner.
The Leopard is ultimately the moment when Viscontiís art and philosophies come together. The film ruminates on the timeless theme of old against new, of the moment where change is at its most radical and shocking and acceptance of it would somehow be a betrayal to the way things were, regardless of the benefits that those changes might bring. Visconti was a man that could acknowledge the need for change in the world around him whilst reject the Ďvulgarityí that illustrated the the differences between the present and past. It is this humanist streak that makes The Leopard a timeless and compelling piece of cinema.
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