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The Leopard (PG)
Sun 24 February @ 2:00 pm£7 – £10
The Leopard (PG) – 1963, Italy, 178 mins
Director: Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s best-selling novel, must surely rate as one of the most sumptuously beautiful epics ever made.
Set in 1860-62, during the turbulent period of Italian unification (the Risorgimento), The Leopard tells the story of an aristocratic Sicilian family threatened by the political upheavals. Burt Lancaster excels as the ageing Prince of Salina whose beloved nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) goes off to fight with Garibaldi’s revolutionary ‘Thousand’ and on his return falls in love with Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the beautiful daughter of an up-and-coming merchant.
This gorgeous evocation of an era, filmed on location in Sicily, is stunningly photographed, designed and costumed, with a rousing score by Nino Rota. It glitters with superb set pieces, culminating in the 45-minute ballroom scene where we can see and feel a society in transition.
‘I live with this movie every day of my life.’ – Martin Scorsese
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 1pm. Film starts at 2pm