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

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Director
Luchino Visconti
Released
1963
Language
Italian with subtitles
Country
Italy
Running Time
206 minutes