Discovering the Passionate Films of Luchino Visconti
Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
Winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) recounts the political upheaval and generational sea change in reunification-era Italy. Burt Lancaster is the patriarch of a ruling-class Bourbon family in the last gasps of its dominance as Garibaldi and his redshirts upend social order and a new spirit ascends—embodied by beautiful people Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.
“I have a very high opinion of ‘decadence,’ just as, for example, Thomas Mann did. Mann was a decadent of German culture, I of Italian formation. What has always interested me is the analysis of a sick society.” —Luchino Visconti