Maestro! The Films of Luchino Visconti

The Leopard

Il gattopardo

Luchino ViscontiItaly / France188 minutes196314AB&WItalian

Aug 13
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Added screening on sale to TIFF members on August 1. Public tickets available August 8.

"Surely one of the most sumptuously beautiful films ever made" (Geoffrey-Nowell Smith). Based on the Lampedusa novel, The Leopard chronicles the downfall of a powerful family as the world gives way to a new order. Burt Lancaster is majestic as Prince Fabrizio of Salina, clinging to traditional aristocratic values despite the ascendancy of the bourgeoisie after the end of the Risorgimento. It is hard to say who is more gorgeous: Alain Delon as the prince's nephew Tancredi, who goes off to fight with Garibaldi, or Claudia Cardinale as the aptly named Angelica, with whom Tancredi falls in love. Culminating in one of the most celebrated sequences in film history — a grand ball that has been quoted in numerous other films, including Olivier Assayas' Les Destinées sentimentales and Alexander Sokurov's Russian ArkThe Leopard is "magnificent.... a sweeping popular epic, with obvious similarities to Gone With the Wind" (Pauline Kael).

Please note this film will screen without an intermission.