1963. Italy. Luchino Visconti. 201 min.
Friday, October 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1963. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti. Screenplay by Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Medioli. With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Serge Reggiani. Martin Scorsese, the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, has said that “Il Gattopardo is one of the greatest visual experiences in cinema, and over the years restorations have proven to be extremely difficult. One of our greatest treasures has now been returned to us, in its full glory.” With operatic grandeur and an exquisitely Proustian attention to nineteenth-century period detail and atmosphere, Visconti adapts Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel about a Sicilian prince at the end of the Risorgimento (the Italian unification), who through political cunning ensures the survival of the old aristocratic order in the face of revolutionary ferment and moral decay. Justly celebrated for its breathtaking ballroom sequence, the film features brilliant performances by Lancaster, never better as the august Prince Fabrizio of Salina (and bearing no small resemblance to Visconti himself); Delon as his calculating nephew Tancredi, who goes off to join Garibaldi’s forces; and Cardinale, as the ravishing daughter of a rich bourgeois. Visconti’s masterpiece has been restored in association with Cineteca di Bologna, L'Immagine Ritrovata, The Film Foundation, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, with funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation. In Italian; English subtitles. 201 min.
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