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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
  • Directors: Luchino Visconti
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC2W2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE LEOPARD
A film by Luchino Visconti

Against a dramatic nineteenth-century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism Luchino Visconti 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.

Luchiono Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard, is now available on DVD for the first time. Featuring the complete uncut version of the film, with fully restored picture and sound, this stunning high definition digital transfer from the film s original 70mm negative materials overseen by the film s director of photography Guisppe Rotunno, is presented here in it s original widescreen aspect ratio.

Starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, this gorgeous evocation of an era beautifully photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nini Rota glitters with superb set pieces, culminating in the climatic 45-minute ballroom section where we can and fell a society in transition.

DVD extras

  • Full feature commentary by David Forgacs and Rossana Capitano
  • Interview with Claudia Cardinale
  • Director biography
  • Trailer

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, 1963

Italy, France | 1963 | colour | Italian language with English subtitles, | English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 178 minutes | Ratio 2.21:1 (16x9 anamorphic)| Region 2 DVD

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'A masterpiece - beautiful, intelligent, deeply moving.' --Philip French, The Observer

'One of the films I live by.' --Martin Scorsese

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A film to measure others against. Burt Lancaster in his pomp as an ailing Italian aristocrat seeing the established order turning full circle around him, as Garibaldi's rebellion ushers in a new order. Beautifully shot, perfectly framed throughout - a deep, resonant and compelling story, with Director and cast at their peak. Richly layered, and full of universal themes of revolution, nobility, opportunism, generational change, youth and age, ideals bending against reality, loss and yearning, and one order giving way to another.
Impossible here to reveal all of the layers, as Burt Lancaster's central prince navigates himself and his family into their new place in the new order, and how his principles and ideals fade as his nephew and his beautiful young wife become the suceeding generation, and where to do right gives way to pragmatism in a new world built upon opportunism, greed and political corruption. "The world has to change in order to stay the same".
Artful without being 'arty', supremely beautiful and majestic without the squeaky-clean chocolate box sheen of modern historical drama. Highlights? - every single, super-crafted scene: the prince's family, covered in dust from their journey, sat in church like a line of statues; the eye contact between Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster as she is embraced by her husband, his nephew...
The prince knows that his time has been and gone, and Lancaster plays this to perfection in yet another of his great performances.
An all time great piece of work deserving a place in any cine-lover's top few movies. And to top it all they have produced the DVD from the original print to preserve the work in pristine glory.
I have revisited The Leopard on this DVD and have been blown away by it once more - it pulls you in deeper each time you go back to it.
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The Leopard is one of my top ten books of all time. Read and reread; I am incapable of describing the beauty of the language. I only realized recently that a film had been made of the book. I tried but I could not resist watching it. I have never known a film do a book justice the way this film has. The film has battle scenes that are only referred to in the book but that does not detract from the fact that the film has captured the haunting beauty of Scicily as described by Tomasi. It also describs, almost without words, the heavy sadness of the Prince who realizes his way of life is coming to an end.
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Format: Blu-ray
Ever since its initial release, this film has lived in my memory. This is without doubt one of the greatest films of all time and is so truthful to the classic book. Everything is spot on: the acting, photography, music and, above all, the superb directing of Visconti - it is, in my opinion, his finest work on film, even surpassing Rocco. For me, it is like an opera without singing - so dramatic, so moving, so beautiful!

The DVD was great, but the Blu-Ray quite superb.

If I could only take one film to my desert island, it would be The Leopard!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2012
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Luchino's Visconti's 1963 film The Leopard (based on Lampedusa's 1958 novel) is an epic tale of 19th century political and military unrest in Italy (Sicily to be precise), which is used as the setting to (more intimately) depict the impact of social change upon an aristocratic family, led by Don Fabrizio Corbera, the Prince of Salina (played by Burt Lancaster). Whilst the scale of Visconti's film is vast, leading to it being rightly praised for its visual richness, it also contains some brilliantly subtle touches, featuring moments of scathingly humorous and witty dialogue and showcasing a number of affecting acting turns. Stylistically, The Leopard is full of long, slow moving, camera shots - predominantly medium shots in order to take in the opulence of the film's interior settings - courtesy of cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, as well as featuring a lush and dramatic soundtrack written by Nino Rota. The Leopard also makes particularly fascinating viewing when compared with Visconti's preceding (full) feature, his masterpiece, Rocco And His Brothers - both films provide brilliant, but totally contrasting, dissections, set around 100 years apart, of (southern) Italian family and class structures.

Running to around three hours in duration, and being, in the main, relatively slow moving, The Leopard sets itself an ambitious goal to maintain audience attention. Whilst the 3rd quarter of the film does drag slightly, for me, the film achieves this goal for a number of reasons. The foremost two reasons are its almost unparalleled sensory (visual and aural) appeal and its by turns witty and profound script.
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When I first saw The Leopard I was struck by its sheer magnificence and scope. Orson Welles never got this good with The Magnificent Ambersons or Citizen Kane. Visconti's direction is perfect, the costumes and sets create an accurate and impressive picture of the complexities and stifling mores of a powerful and conventional 19th-century Sicilian family. Burt Lancaster gives a bravura performance as the Prince - everyone else revolves around his central character. He ages through the story which covers two generations and a key period in Italy's history. The old principalities giving way to a unified Italy and modernity are reflected in the changes within the Prince's family, the clashes between him and his sons, the battle between tradition and new ways. Il Risorgimento brings a decline in the power and influence of the old families and every nuance of the effect of this change on the Prince, his power and land, his family is brought out by Burt Lancaster's prowess in the role which is even more admirable as the film is Italian, with Italian dialogue. It shows just how great an actor he was. It is a marvellous story and film and at last, is available to buy on video.
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