Visconti’s Il Gattopardo is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Giuseppe Tomasio. The central theme of the film is drama and wealth that surround the Italian aristocratic family, and the plot is set in Sicily in 1860, in the period before the unification of the country. The role of Prince Saline was given to the Hollywood actor Bert Lancaster, and Visconti did not agree with this decision at the beginning. The central scene of the film is considered to be the dance scene between Claudia Cardinale and Bert Lancaster.
Italian stage and film director Luchino Visconti (1906–1976) is considered one of the founding fathers of the Italian neorealism film movement. As his career progressed, however, he produced more lavish films that spanned a range of historical periods. More than just a neorealist director, Visconti was one of the greatest international film directors that emerged from the post–war Italian cinema.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1963
Best production, David di Donatello Awards 1963
The Leopard (fic.)
Director: Luchino Visconti
Country: Italy, France
Language: Italian, Latin, French, German
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon
Production: Titanus, Société Nouvelle Pathé Cinéma, Société Générale de Cinématographie