The Leopard Reviews

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August 13, 2019
To transpose a book into a movie means to destroy the form of the original in order to re-create the effect in another medium... Visconti has preserved the form without apparently suspecting it had any meaning.
November 5, 2018
Lancaster's portrayal is fantastic throughout. The man bleeds gravitas from his bewhiskered face to his shiny shoes... Even though the sets are some of the most spectacular and lavish ever committed to celluloid, he manges to usurp them.
January 5, 2018
[Burt Lancaster's] confidence, his gravitas, and his understated cat-like grace as he walks through the world as if he owned it, creates a character of great authority and even greater melancholy.
December 11, 2013
The film aches with regret over a crumbling empire, but its feelings are complicated by the wise prince, who recognizes his place on the wrong side of history.
December 10, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Lancaster's every movement and facial expression transmits the text and subtext of his Italian character with a sense of regional authenticity that is beguiling.
June 13, 2013
A fine drama that Tolstoy would endorse, remarkable for relying not on conflict between the uncle and the nephew but rather on their thorough devotion to each other.
February 23, 2012
A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role.
November 24, 2011
The film is a long, rich sigh at the end of the day, one that only Don Fabrizio can hear.
February 22, 2011
Artistically drawn as if from an old master's hand.
February 4, 2011
Watching The Leopard is like taking an indulgent bubble bath - albeit one in which the fragrance from the soap is overwhelming.
December 30, 2010
The Leopard is more than a tad too pleased by its own spots, but in this case the source material and its director's intentions were almost accidentally an appropriate match.
December 22, 2010
Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture.
September 1, 2010
The film is one of the most sumptuous ever made in Europe.
September 1, 2010
Visconti (a Marxist aristocrat) offers an elegiac meditation on the passing of a society whose feudalism he deplores but whose elegance he mourns.
August 30, 2010
A feast of a film that is well worth seeing on a cinema screen.
August 27, 2010
Among several masterly setpieces, the long ballroom scene, with its sinuous movement and hundreds of extras, is an imperishable glory.
August 27, 2010
Visconti died in 1976, but Rotunno went on to supervise the film's restoration in the 1990s and this new print can now be seen in all its sumptuous widescreen glory.
August 26, 2010
A must.
August 17, 2010
Vividly shot, beautifully acted, and paced slowly, deliberately, gathering a kind of power that only a true master can conjure"
August 4, 2010
Brilliant from start to finish, this lavishly mounted portrait of a bygone era is one of Visconti's (and world cinema's) masterpieces.
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