The Leopard

Year of participation 2010
Program Tributes

The Leopard
Producer(s) Goffredo Lombardo
Director(s) Luchino Visconti
Script Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, story by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Director of Photography Giuseppe Rotunno
Production designer Mario Garbuglia
Music by Nino Rota
Sound Mario Messina
Edit Mario Serandrei
Cast Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Mario Girotti, Giuliano Gemma, Brook Fuller, Romolo Valli
Production company(-ies) Titanus (Rome), Société Nouvelle, Pathé Cinéma (as S.N. Pathé Cinéma), Société Générale de Cinématographie (S.G.C.) (Paris)


When Giuseppe Garibaldi disembarked in Sicily, the family of Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, settles in his country mansion in Donnafugata. During the trip, Tancredi, the Prince’s favorite nephew, courts his cousin Concetta just for the sake of it. The girl asks Father Perrone, priest of Donnafugata and spiritual counselor of the whole family, to ask her father whether she could marry Tancredi. However, the Prince refuses to give his consent. Moreover, Tancredi is in love with Angelica, the daughter of Donnafugata’s Mayor. Against his will, the Prince accepts the circumstances, and at the elections his casts his vote in favor of the Unity of Italy and against the Bourbon princes. Tancredi leaves to join his regiment and he writes to his uncle asking for Angelica Sedara’s hand. The Prince meets Calogero Sedara, the girl’s father, a very wealthy bourgeois, as rich as Fabrizio Salina. Not long afterwards, Tancredi comes back and spends some time with his beloved, whom he will marry soon. The Prince is offered a seat in the Senate of the newly formed government, but he refuses – explaining that he belongs to an unlucky generation, halfway between the old and the new, and that consequently he would not feel comfortable in the new government. The Prince throws a grand ball for all Sicilian aristocracy on the occasion of Angelica’s debut. Angelica and Fabrizio Salina are admired by all guests. After the ball the Prince feels as if he were an intruder, and when his passions are aroused at the sight of his future niece, he suddenly breakes away from the engaged couple. While he wanders around his palace, he hears that four deserters from Victor Emanuele’s army who have tried to join Garibaldi, will be executed. At the end of the ball he goes to see... Four shots break the silence. Then, all ends. The dying aristocracy witnesses the death of the ideals of liberty.

Golden Palm (Cannes IFF, 1963); Best Production (David di Donatello Awards, 1963); Silver Ribbon for Best Cinematography; Best Production Design, Best Costume Design (Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1964); Sant Jordi for the Best Foreign Film (Sant Jordi Awards, 1964); Special Award (Sant Jordi Awards, 1991)

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