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Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)

PG

17 Feb

A Sicilian aristocrat – Burt Lancaster in a towering and beautifully modulated performance – wistfully reflects on the death of the old order collapsing around him. Visconti’s opulent and earthy masterwork (breathtakingly shot by the great Giuseppe Rotunno) perfectly captures the depth and cogent melancholy of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s widely celebrated novel of the Risorgimento.

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  • A profound work of historical filmmaking, the extended ball sequence is one of the great “end of an era” passages in the cinema. The stellar supporting cast includes Terence Hill, Pierre Clémenti and Serge Reggiani as well as Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon as the film’s almost impossibly beautiful young romantic couple. Score by Nino Rota.