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Leopard / Il Gattopardo

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  Leopard  / Il Gattopardo Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
8.85 /10
Burt Lancaster (HARVARD LAMPOON AWARD - WORST ACTOR OF THE YEAR), Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon
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Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Written by: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa from Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa's novel

Released: 1963
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy/ France/ USA
Length: 205

An Italian aristocrat (Burt Lancaster) can't cope with the rise of the bourgeoisie in the 1860s.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Visconti's sumptuous 19th century epic wonderfully evokes the time of Garibaldi, and the emotions of being part of a declining aristocracy. Lancaster, though not well dubbed, gives a memorable character portrait (based, so he said, on Visconti himself). The set-pieces - whether battles, dinners or balls - are all magnificently photographed by Giuseppe Rotunno. Nino Rota's score is one of his best. Avoid the badly dubbed 165-minute version, which also suffers from poor colour.

Winner of the Golden Palm as Best Film at Cannes, it also received an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

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