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  • Summary: Set in Sicily in 1860, Luchino Visconti's spectacular 1963 adaptation of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's international bestseller is one of the cinema's greatest evocations of the past, achingly depicting the passing of an ancient order. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Italy's top bestseller of recent literary history, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa's The Leopard comes to the screen in a magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster. (Review of Original Release)
  2. 100
    Watching this masterwork allows you to return to the filmmaking sensibility of the 1960s, when epics looked like epics.
  3. 100
    The Leopard was written by the only man who could have written it, directed by the only man who could have directed it, and stars the only man who could have played its title character.
  4. 100
    The film is a glittering triumph of personal expression at its most elegant and opulent.
  5. Sumptuous and beautiful, suffused with a serene melancholy and deeply ambivalent love for a long-vanished past, Luchino Visconti's 1963 The Leopard is one of the greatest of all historical costume epics.
  6. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    For the most part, Nino Rota's music provides a rich melodic surrounding for the pictorial magnificence, and a heretofore unknown Verdi waltz that is played at the ball at the finish appropriately supplements this remarkably vivid, panoramic, and eventually morbid show. (Review of Original Release)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    "The Leopard" is the epic war drama that "Gone With The Wind" wished it could be. Plus Burt Lancaster is a bamf and Claudia Cardinale is a hottie. What more can you ask for? Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2012
    The Leopard, or better "Il Gattopardo", is a monument in movie history. First of all because of the suburb setting (great and wide landscape of Sicily, the rich costumes, the palaces), the great acting, and beautiful actors like Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. It has a very intelligent storyline and although not a fast movie it has never a dull moment. Thank you Luchino Visconti for this great masterpiece! Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Superb direction.
    Painfully accurate for the era and the people.
    Hey, when is the last time you saw a film set in Pre-Garibaldi Italy and went to a gala ball, and had a chance to view a room full of chamberpots?
  4. Jul 11, 2012
    Excellent characterization. Passionate story. But it is very long and sometimes boring. The technical level is quite good. Also did not like the end of the story. Collapse
  5. Mar 5, 2012
    Visconti's Palme dâ
  6. Dec 23, 2011
    The film is a visual masterpiece, really good mis on scene and cinematography , and even good actors. But it is too long and slowly that you just get tired. I´m used to like Italian movies and I have seen much better Italian movies than this. Expand

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