Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). 1963. France/Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti. Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Medioli, Visconti. With Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon. In Italian; English subtitles. 185 min.
As the nobility begins to fade from prominence in Sicily, the rise of the merchant class intimidates those who cling tightly to their peerages. In the 1860s the noble family of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (“Il Gattopardo”) is collapsing, and while the Prince struggles to manage, his cunning nephew marries the daughter of Don Calogero Sedara—a former peasant who is now the Prince’s equal.