Il Gattopardo aka The Leopard (1963 Film)
The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo meaning "The Serval") is a 1963 Italian epic period drama film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same title (Audio Italian with English subtitles).
It stars Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, and Pierre Clementi. Screenplay and adaptation: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa and Luchino Visconti. Music by Nino Rota. Luchino Visconti won the Palme d'Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
Set in Sicily at the time of the Bourbon sunset, the novel is based on the family of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and in particular on his ancestor, Prince Fabrizio Salina. When the aristocratic Salina family finds themselves spending their holidays in Donnafugata's summer residence, the mayor of the town, the ambitious Don Calogero Sedara, tries to get into the prince's favor. It is during the meeting between these two families that Tancredi, Don Fabrizio's affectionate nephew, is immediately fascinated by Angelica, the beautiful daughter of Don Calogero. Just as these family plots are consumed, the time comes to vote for the annexation of Sicily to the Kingdom of Sardinia, a difficult decision that forces the prince to a profound reflection and an awareness of the historical moment that his generation is crossing.
The same year he finished 8½ (1963), Nino Rota dusted off an old symphony of his own composition, he proposed it to Luchino Visconti for this film, the director loved it, and it became the score for this fresco of the social and political changes in Sicily in the midst of the 19th century. The editor Mario Serandrei had given Visconti as a present the sheet music of an unpublished waltz by Giuseppe Verdi that he had found in one drawer of an old chest he bought in a flea market. Rota added this composition to the long final ball sequence.
Burt Lancaster as Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina
Claudia Cardinale as Angelica Sedara / Bertiana
Alain Delon as Tancredi Falconeri, Don Fabrizio's nephew
Paolo Stoppa as Don Calogero Sedara, Mayor of Donnafugata
Rina Morelli as Princess Maria Stella of Salina, Don Fabrizio's wife
Romolo Valli as Father Pirrone
Terence Hill (billed as Mario Girotti) as Count Cavriaghi
Pierre Clémenti as Francesco Paolo
Lucilla Morlacchi as Concetta
Giuliano Gemma as Garibaldi's General
Ida Galli as Carolina
Ottavia Piccolo as Caterina
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