The leopard [videorecording] /

by Visconti, Luchino; Cecchi, Suso; Lancaster, Burt; Delon, Alain; Cardinale, Claudia; Rota, Nino; Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe; Titanus (Firm); PatheÌ cineÌma (France); S.G.C; Criterion Collection (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialSeries: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 235. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Criterion Collection, c2004Edition: Widescreen.Description: 3 videodiscs (187 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 1559409509.Language note: In Italian with optional English subtitles.Uniform titles: Gattopardo (Motion picture).Subject(s): Princes -- Italy -- Drama | Italy -- History -- 1849-1870 -- Drama | Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe, 1896-1957 -- Film and video adaptations | Film adaptations | Historical films | Feature films
Contents:
disc 1. The leopard -- disc 2. The supplements -- disc 3. The American version.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi, Lucilla Morlacchi.Summary: After the reunification of Italy, an aging Sicilian prince sees his influence slipping away, the growth of national movements and his nephew's attempts to take power.
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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

DVDs, Dolby digital mono.

In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi, Lucilla Morlacchi.

Director of photography, Giuseppe Rotunno ; camera, Nino Cristiani, Enrico Cignitti, Giuseppe Maccari ; production design, Mario Garbuglia ; film editor, Mario Serandrei ; music, Nino Rota.

Based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Features: new transfer of American release with English language dialogue, audio commentary, making of featurettes, interviews, trailer, still gallery, essay by film historian Michael Wood.

MPAA rating: Not rated.

For private home use only.

After the reunification of Italy, an aging Sicilian prince sees his influence slipping away, the growth of national movements and his nephew's attempts to take power.

disc 1. The leopard -- disc 2. The supplements -- disc 3. The American version.

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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.

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