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Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti



Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti


Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti (1963, 185’)

In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero's beautiful daughter Angelica. The climactic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

"Il gattopardo" is based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel of the same title. It won the Palme d’Or for best picture at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Presented in a new 4K digital restoration by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, funded by the Gucci Foundation.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, Luchino Visconti’s greatest film has gone through many tribulations at the hands of distributors and exhibitors keen to cut it down to size and remove its Italian-language soundtrack. It was not until Scorsese’s Film Foundation restored the film, thanks to a grant of $900,000 from the Gucci Foundation, that many first saw the complete film – a majestic tale of a Sicilian prince passively resisting the 1848 revolution. Based on Tomasi De Lampedusa’s great novel, the 4K restoration brings out every detail of the sumptuous production design, every remarkable costume and every facial expression with a clarity previously unknown. Remarkable performances by Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. The near hour-long ball scene which concludes the film is its own epic depiction of a society whose end is near.

The Leopard will be screening at Cinema Classic Esternwick on 14th and 16 October. With the support of the IIC Melbourne.


The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is part of the 2021 edition of Cinema Reborn, an annual festival developed by a community of cinema enthusiasts programmers, filmmakers, screen historians and critics.

Cinema Reborn's focus is on screen heritage and preservation. From 14 - 17 October at Classic Cinema Elsternwick, Cinema Reborn will present ten recently restored films and film archived-sourced film prints. All will be presented following best practice in the presentation of archival or screen heritage titles, and will reflect the originally intended experience of their creators.

Cinema Reborn is intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives.



Date: Da Thursday, October 14, 2021 a Saturday, October 16, 2021

Organized by : Cinema Reborn

In collaboration with : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick