The Leopard

The Leopard

The Leopard

  Sicily, in the early sixties of the 19th Century: The conservative nobles, Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, was raised on the side of the national hero Garibaldi, the champion of a united Italy. At a reception in love with his nephew Tancredi in Angelica, the daughter of the mayor. Don Fabrizio, who has realized that the mixing of the wealthy bourgeoisie and the aristocracy condemned to relegation just a matter of time, has no objections against the marriage. Soon thereafter decides to Sicily for a United Kingdom of Italy under King Victor Emmanuel of Sardinia. The prince agrees to the monarchy. A senator seat, which is offered to him, but he declines. On the occasion of a great ball in Palermo of Tancredi and Angelica will be introduced to the prince in the aristocratic society. The time of absolute power over people and lands of individual families is finally over.

Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), Duke of Modrone and his character throughout his life an avowed Marxist, has created the film adaptation of the novel by Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s masterful novel is a landmark book in many ways: First, describing The film accurately and beautifully also the end of the aristocracy in Italy and the emergence of the bourgeois order in Italy. And secondly, the film itself and was therefore also be directed to a final highlight of the Italian national film industry, was to show that the neo-realism was not a brief flowering of Italian cinema. The Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, signaled clearly that Italy had established itself now finally and permanently in the circle of the great European film Nations. The main roles were shining international stars like Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, but later the Italian film celebrities such as Mario Girotti aka Terence Hill. A masterpiece of opulence!

Title: The Leopard Original Title: Il Gattopardo Country of production: France, Italy Year of production: 1962 Length: (# ) 161 (Min)

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