Leopard [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]



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Review Text Il Gattopardo is perhaps much too cinematically opulent to fit comfortably into director Luchino Visconti's body of neo-realist work, but it is likely his most personal film, with a powerful central protagonist (Burt Lancaster) who resembles aspects of Visconti's own life. Visconti was among those wealthy Italians who became attracted to Marxist ideals, but who was not willing to relinquish his own personal wealth or status. There is at least some parallel to the central character in Il Gattopardo, an aristocrat who aware of his own impending obsolescence. The film is meticulously produced, with great attention to period detail. Giuseppe Rotunno's cinematography is a substantial asset, as is Nino Rota's orchestral score and Mario Garbuglia's production design. Several versions of the film exist, most of them considerably shortened from the original theatrically released version. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi

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MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
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  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • English
Video Features
  • Disc One
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Disc Two
  • The 161-minute american release, with English-language dialogue, including Burt Lancaster's own voice
  • A Dying Breed: The making of "The Leopard," an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Rotunno, actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceechi D'Amico, filmmaker Sydney Pollack
  • Interview with Producer Goffredo Lombardo
  • Interview with scholar Millicent Marcus on the history behind The Leopard
  • Trailers and newsreels
  • Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by author and film historian Michael Wood
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