The Leopard

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama History
  • Release year: 1963
  • Running time: 186 min
Making its long-awaited U.S. home video debut, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento—when the... read more
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Making its long-awaited U.S. home video debut, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the film in two distinct versions: Visconti’s original Italian version, and the alternate English-language version released in America in a newly restored special edition.

Original Release

03/27/1963

US Release

03/28/1963

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Cast

Burt Lancaster Prince Don Fabrizio Salina / Don Fabrizio Salina
Alain Delon Tancredi Falconeri
Claudia Cardinale Bertiana / Angelica Sedara / Angelica Sedara/Bertiana
Paolo Stoppa Don Calogero Sedara
Rina Morelli Princess Maria Stella Salina / Maria Stella Salina
Serge Reggiani Don Francisco Ciccio Tumeo / Don Ciccio Tumeo
Romolo Valli Father Pirrone / Padre Pirrone
Ottavia Piccolo Caterina
Giuliano Gemma Garibaldi's General / Generale
Terence Hill Count Cavriaghi / Conte Cavriaghi
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Luchino Visconti

Writers

Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Massimo Franciosa, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Cast

Burt Lancaster Prince Don Fabrizio Salina / Don Fabrizio Salina
Alain Delon Tancredi Falconeri
Claudia Cardinale Bertiana / Angelica Sedara / Angelica Sedara/Bertiana
Paolo Stoppa Don Calogero Sedara
Rina Morelli Princess Maria Stella Salina / Maria Stella Salina
Serge Reggiani Don Francisco Ciccio Tumeo / Don Ciccio Tumeo
Romolo Valli Father Pirrone / Padre Pirrone
Ottavia Piccolo Caterina
Giuliano Gemma Garibaldi's General / Generale
Terence Hill Count Cavriaghi / Conte Cavriaghi
Maurizio Merli
Vittorio Duse
Ernesto Almirante Generale
Anna Maria Bottini Mademoiselle Dombreuil, the Governess / Mademoiselle Dombreuil, Governante
Lola Braccini Donna Margherita
Lucilla Morlacchi Concetta
Marino Masé Tutor / Tutore
Michela Roc
Rina De Liguoro Princess of Presicce / Principessa di Presicce
Stelvio Rosi

Producers

Editors

Mario Serandrei

1964 Oscar Best Costume Design, Color Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Male Nominated
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