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The Leopard DVD

aka Il Gattopardo, Luchino Visconti, 1963


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Film Details

Directed by Luchino Visconti

Produced in 1963

Main Language - Italian with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, Italian Film

Film Description

Against a dramatic 19th century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism, Luchino Visconti’s 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 Lampedusa’s 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 – beautifully photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nino Rota – 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.

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DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BFI

Length: 178 mins

Aspect ratio: 2.21:1 widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th September 2004

Cat No: BFIVD595

Subtitles: English, English HoH.

DVD Extras

  • New high-definition transfer from original 70mm materials
  • Feature commentary by David Forgacs and Rossana Capitano
  • Interview with Claudia Cardinale
  • Original Trailer
  • Visconti biography.

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by Barry Forshaw on 24th September 2004

At last it’s 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

“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

by Anon on 13th April 2004

Arguably Visconti’s masterpiece, The Leopard’s reputation as an important work had been severely damaged by 20th Century Fox. Despite winning the Palme D’or at Cannes ... Read on


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