The Leopard

As Garibaldi’s troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war hero nephew, Tancredi, to marry Angelica, the beautiful daughter of gauche, bourgeois Don Calogero, in order to maintain the family’s accustomed level of comfort and political clout.
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Film Cast:

  • Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Burt Lancaster
  • Angelica Sedara / Bertiana: Claudia Cardinale
  • Tancredi Falconeri: Alain Delon
  • Don Calogero Sedara: Paolo Stoppa
  • Princess Maria Stella Salina: Rina Morelli
  • Father Pirrone: Romolo Valli
  • Count Cavriaghi: Terence Hill
  • Francesco Paolo: Pierre Clémenti
  • Concetta: Lucilla Morlacchi
  • Garibaldi’s General: Giuliano Gemma
  • Carolina: Ida Galli
  • Caterina: Ottavia Piccolo
  • Paolo: Carlo Valenzano
  • Little Prince: Brook Fuller
  • Mademoiselle Dombreuil, the Governess: Anna Maria Bottini
  • Donna Margherita: Lola Braccini
  • Tutor: Marino Masé
  • Don Diego: Howard Nelson Rubien
  • Cook: Tina Lattanzi
  • Peasant Woman: Marcella Rovena
  • Princess of Presicce: Rina De Liguoro
  • Colonel: Valerio Ruggeri
  • Don Onofrio Rotolo: Giovanni Melisenda
  • …: Carlo Lolli
  • …: Franco Gulà
  • Colonel: Vittorio Duse
  • Sergeant: Vanni Materassi
  • …: Giuseppe Stagnitti
  • …: Carmelo Artale
  • Mariannina: Olimpia Cavalli
  • …: Anna Maria Surdo
  • …: Halina Zalewska
  • Waitress: Winni Riva
  • Sergeant: Stelvio Rosi
  • …: Carlo Palmucci
  • …: Dante Posani
  • …: Rosolino Bua
  • Colonel Pallavicino: Ivo Garrani
  • Cavalier Chevalley: Leslie French
  • Don Francisco Ciccio Tumeo: Serge Reggiani
  • (uncredited): Pippo Agusta
  • Party Guest (uncredited): Lou Castel
  • (uncredited): Maurizio Merli
  • Generale: Ernesto Almirante
  • Uomo di Donnafugata: Gino Santercole
  • Contadina: Michela Roc

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Nino Rota
  • Director: Luchino Visconti
  • Novel: Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
  • Production Manager: Giorgio Adriani
  • Director of Photography: Giuseppe Rotunno
  • Editor: Mario Serandrei
  • Producer: Goffredo Lombardo
  • Executive Producer: Pietro Notarianni
  • Screenplay: Suso Cecchi d’Amico
  • Camera Operator: Nino Cristiani
  • Makeup Artist: Alberto De Rossi
  • Screenplay: Massimo Franciosa
  • Screenplay: Enrico Medioli
  • Costume Design: Piero Tosi
  • Production Design: Mario Garbuglia
  • Screenplay: Pasquale Festa Campanile
  • Production Secretary: Umberto Sambuco
  • Second Assistant Director: Francesco Massaro
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Vera Marzot
  • Production Manager: Enzo Provenzale
  • Camera Operator: Giuseppe Maccari
  • Conductor: Franco Ferrara
  • Assistant Production Design: Ferdinando Giovannoni
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Emilio D’Andria
  • Production Supervisor: Gaetano Amata
  • Hairstylist: Maria Angelini
  • First Assistant Director: Albino Cocco
  • Set Decoration: Giorgio Pes
  • First Assistant Director: Rinaldo Ricci
  • Hairstylist: Amalia Paoletti
  • Production Supervisor: Roberto Cocco
  • Production Secretary: Lamberto Pippia
  • Sound: Mario Messina
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Bice Brichetto
  • Production Supervisor: Bruno Sassaroli
  • Set Decoration: Laudomia Hercolani
  • Still Photographer: G.B. Poletto
  • Production Supervisor: Gilberto Scarpellini
  • Script Supervisor: Stephan Iscovescu
  • Camera Operator: Enrico Cignitti
  • Production Supervisor: Riccardo Caneva
  • Second Assistant Director: Brad Fuller

Movie Reviews:

  • CinemaSerf: I was given the blu-ray of this as a gift recently and what a lovely, thoughtful present that proved to be. The photography is glorious – the light is brilliant. Visconti delivers a truly captivating period piece but with none of the shallowness of many other costume/historical dramas. It features a magnificent performance from the gently aristocratic, classy Burt Lancaster as a Sicilian Prince coming to terms with the absorption of his kingdom into the newly unified Kingdom of Italy. The trials of love, war, the lavish and the poverty are all expertly and delicately portrayed and I really did get a sense of the fragility of the times. Alain Delon and Rina Morelli are superb, as is Claudia Cardinale and Nino Rota provides some sumptuous orchestrations to help all along. Knowing much about the history of the time isn’t essential, it all unfolds wonderfully…
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