The Leopard

The Leopard

Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1963 • Italy, France
Starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon

Luchino Visconti’s THE LEOPARD 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 Leopard
  • The Leopard

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1963 • Italy, France
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon

    Luchino Visconti’s THE LEOPARD 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 ari...

Extras

  • THE LEOPARD Edition Intro

  • THE LEOPARD Commentary

    Recorded in 2004, this commentary features film scholar Peter Cowie.

  • THE LEOPARD: The American Version

    The American version of THE LEOPARD premiered in New York City on July 15, 1963, just under four months after the film’s Italian release. Cut from 187 to 161 minutes, the American version features an English-language soundtrack, with star Burt Lancaster and supporting player Leslie French (Cavali...

  • A Dying Breed: The Making of THE LEOPARD

    Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s 1958 book “The Leopard” remains one of the best-selling Italian novels of all time. Few directors could have been better suited to bring Lampedusa’s tale of an aristocratic Italian family, set against the backdrop of the birth of modern Italy, to the screen than Luchino Vi...

  • Goffredo Lombardo on THE LEOPARD

    Producer Goffredo Lombardo’s Titanus Films was bankrupted by Luchino Visconti’s extravagant spending on THE LEOPARD, but Lombardo has since brought Titanus back from the dead. He also produced Visconti’s ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS and Ermanno Olmi’s I FIDANZATI. Presented courtesy of Medusa Video S.R.L.

  • The History of the Risorgimento

    The historical reality behind the story of THE LEOPARD can be confusing even for Italian audiences. In this video interview, scholar of Italian culture Millicent Marcus discusses the real people—Giuseppe Garibaldi, Camillo Benso di Cavour, and Giuseppe Mazzini—whose struggle for power defined a n...

  • THE LEOPARD American Trailer 1

  • THE LEOPARD American Trailer 2