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The leopard = Il gattopardo
Lombardo, Goffredo.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2004]
Physical Description:
3 videodiscs (185 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Recounting the years of Italy's Risorgimento-when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a democratic Italy. Contains the original Italian version with optional subtitles, the English-language version and special features.
General Note:
Special ed.

Publisher's no.: Criterion Collection CC1602D (on disc 3: 1602D).

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Special features: (Disc one) new high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with restored image and sound and presented in the original Super Technirama aspect ratio of 2.21:1; audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; new and improved English subtitle translation; optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; (Disc two) A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard, a new hour-long documentary featuring interviews with actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, director of photography Giuseppe Totunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others; Interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo; an exclusive video interview with professor Millicent Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania on the history behind The Leopard; original theatrical trailers and newsreels; stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos; (Disc three) new transfer of the 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue (including Burt Lancaster's actual voice); plus: a new essay by author and film historian Michael Wood.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
715515015226 (set)
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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. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

The decline of mid-19th-century Italian aristocracy as embodied by an aging landowner resigned to change turns elegiac in Luchino Visconti's gorgeous epic. Burt Lancaster lends imposing bearing to the title role despite having his voice dubbed-a demerit rectified in the otherwise inferior 161-minute English-language version thankfully included as one of numerous excellent extras (audio commentary, making-of doc, interviews, etc.). Its six-year-old standard DVD upgraded to Blu-ray, this classic is essential in either format. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.