The Leopard

Il gattopardo, 1963, Italy-France, Language: Italian, French, Latin, Subtitles: English (186’); GALA SCREENING: 09.06, 19.00, Uránia National Film Theatre, Tribute to Claudia Cardinale

If one were to think of single-work authors, that is, writers whose name was made unforgettable by just a single work, the name of the Prince of Lampedusa springs to mind. The love story in question is The Leopard, an apparent adventure novel yet in truth very autobiographical, which extols and at the same time mourns a past moral order and lifestyle. The world defined by holidays, balls, receptions and formal visits starts to change with the landing of Garibaldi: or more precisely, that is when traces of decay start to appear. The important and out-and-out Italian figure of the Italian novel genre and film Don Fabrizio was not actually played by an Italian but by Burt Lancaster. However, what is truly memorable in this film is not the American actor but rather Claudia Cardinale and the young Alain Delon playing Tancredi Falconeri.

Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Written by: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (novel)
Screenplay by: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti         
Director of photography: Giuseppe Rotunno
Music by: Nino Rota
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Terence Hill
Genre: drama
Production: Titanus, Société Nouvelle Pathé Cinéma, Société Générale de Cinématographie
Format: colour, 2.20:1