The Leopard

Film/Video

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The Leopard

Luchino Visconti, 1963

Classics

Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Fri, June 17, 2005 7 PM
Sat, June 18, 2005 7 PM

"The Leopard is so beautifully felt that it calls up a whole cultureÖthe only film I can think of that's about the aristocracy from the inside."—Pauline Kael

Please note the location of this screening.
This recent restoration allows viewers to finally see the legendary epic The Leopard in close to its original form. (It was originally released in the U.S. in a clumsily reedited version.) Based on Guiseppe di Lampedusa's acclaimed novel about the decline of a Sicilian prince and the aristocratic values he embodies, Italian master Luchino Visconti's sumptuous film stars Burt Lancaster in what he regarded as his finest work. Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale costar. A clear influence on the work of Martin Scorsese, The Leopard concludes with a 45-minute ballroom sequence hailed by critic Dave Kehr as "one of the most moving meditations on individual mortality in the history of cinema." (185 mins.)

support credits

Season support provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

Contemporary films, international films, and visiting filmmakers presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.

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