The Leopard Reviews

  • Jun 14, 2020

    phenomenal. Everything about this movie was fascinating.

    phenomenal. Everything about this movie was fascinating.

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    Christian C Super Reviewer
    Jan 09, 2020

    The costumes and locations are beyond exceptional. Add a fantastic cast headed by the ever-restrained Burt Lancaster and you've got a spectacular film.

    The costumes and locations are beyond exceptional. Add a fantastic cast headed by the ever-restrained Burt Lancaster and you've got a spectacular film.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    This is a timeless tale about the pitfalls and complacencies of modernity and benign versions of conservatism, one of the best books ever written and one of the best movies ever made. Full stop.

    This is a timeless tale about the pitfalls and complacencies of modernity and benign versions of conservatism, one of the best books ever written and one of the best movies ever made. Full stop.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    I knew a philosophy professor who said, "Everybody agrees that change is inevitable." Boy, did that guy get things wrong. Go see "The Leopard." Maybe the leopard can change his spots and maybe he can't. Maybe it doesn't matter. Lancaster is wonderful as "the prince."

    I knew a philosophy professor who said, "Everybody agrees that change is inevitable." Boy, did that guy get things wrong. Go see "The Leopard." Maybe the leopard can change his spots and maybe he can't. Maybe it doesn't matter. Lancaster is wonderful as "the prince."

  • Apr 16, 2019

    The Leopard is epic in scope and beautifully crafted. Much like Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, Luchino Visconti casts people with the perfect looks for the part, focuses on faces, and communicates non-verbally through eye movements. Without being able to really relate to the prince, we come to sympathize with him as he comes to terms with aging and seeing his way of life come to an end. My only criticism is the film is difficult to follow at times and all the secondary characters are hard to keep track of. They often appear and disappear without explanation. This probably has to do with 20 minutes of the original being lost thanks to the American butchering of the original, rather than negligence on Visconti's part.

    The Leopard is epic in scope and beautifully crafted. Much like Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, Luchino Visconti casts people with the perfect looks for the part, focuses on faces, and communicates non-verbally through eye movements. Without being able to really relate to the prince, we come to sympathize with him as he comes to terms with aging and seeing his way of life come to an end. My only criticism is the film is difficult to follow at times and all the secondary characters are hard to keep track of. They often appear and disappear without explanation. This probably has to do with 20 minutes of the original being lost thanks to the American butchering of the original, rather than negligence on Visconti's part.

  • Feb 12, 2019

    Italy's own 'Gone With The Wind'. A flawless diamond.

    Italy's own 'Gone With The Wind'. A flawless diamond.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    El gatopardo [1963]

    El gatopardo [1963]

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Boring, boring, boring. Moves as slow as the stereotypical English novel, but without the suspense. Might have been interesting in 1963, but is NOT now, regardless of the visual appeal of the period costumes

    Boring, boring, boring. Moves as slow as the stereotypical English novel, but without the suspense. Might have been interesting in 1963, but is NOT now, regardless of the visual appeal of the period costumes

  • Jun 06, 2018

    Masterpiece. Maybe the best movie ever made.

    Masterpiece. Maybe the best movie ever made.

  • May 13, 2018

    Every frame is a painting in Visconti's lush, opulent and impeccably acted Il Gattopardo. This was probably his most personal film as, in many ways, he was the Prince (and rumor has it Lancaster used the director as inspiration). The waves of melancholia that come and go are poetic and touching, leaving behind a trail of sadness brought to life by the vivid technicolor. The contrast is striking and utterly perfect.

    Every frame is a painting in Visconti's lush, opulent and impeccably acted Il Gattopardo. This was probably his most personal film as, in many ways, he was the Prince (and rumor has it Lancaster used the director as inspiration). The waves of melancholia that come and go are poetic and touching, leaving behind a trail of sadness brought to life by the vivid technicolor. The contrast is striking and utterly perfect.