Italy | 1963 | 161min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical
The Leopard made Luchino Visconti to be the world renowned director with Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963. The film operatically portrayed a decline in the aristocracy of Sicilia during the struggle for unification in the 19th century. Burt Lancaster as Prince Salina, Alain Delon as his nephew Tancredi and Claudia Cardinale as Angelica, the daughter of a rich merchant put on a superb act in the film.
the year 2006 is the centennial year of Luchiano Visconti''s birth. Starting his career as an assistant for Jean Renoir, Visconti first gained attention for < Ossessione > in 1942. He had made 20 films until his death in 1976. He became one of the greatest filmmakers of Italian Neo-realism with his earlier works such as < La Terra Trema > and < Rocco e i suoi fratelli > after WW2. With a heritage of noble Italian family, he is also well known by his fine, elegant directions of theatrical plays and operas. His later works such as < Ludwig > and < Morte a Venezia > show his passionate interest and profound knowledge of literature and music.