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Der Leopard

Il gattopardo

Italien, Frankreich, 1963

Darum geht's

Zur Zeit der Einigungsbestrebungen Garibaldis in Italien um die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts: Ein alter Fürst arrangiert sich oberflächlich mit den aufstrebenden bürgerlich-liberalen Kräften, indem er seinen Neffen mit der Tochter des opportunistischen Bürgermeisters verheiratet.

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Der Leopard Regie Luchino Visconti
Many critics at the time were perplexed by the sight of the macho Lancaster playing an aging Sicilian nobleman, but this remains his greatest performance (despite the fact that he’s dubbed into Italian). The actor’s athletic grace somehow translates into the ideal embodiment of a reserved, conflicted patriarch at odds with his times.
June 09, 2018
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…This sensitivity sees its apotheosis in the ball sequence. Whereas the book is comprised of even episodes, Visconti presents a lopsided work: minor moments are compressed and elided while the closing ball is extended and stretched out into its own universe. Time becomes palpable. The ritual of a dance, costuming and movement, when contrasted with a netherworld downtime, sharpen prescribed behaviour into stylised performance and spectacle.
February 10, 2016
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[Visconti’s] exquisite mise-en-scene (aided here by voluptuous Technirama, Technicolor’s in-house version of CinemaScope) never fails to suggest living, breathing worlds; and his fluid camerawork, a major influence on both Michael Cimino and Olivier Assayas, creates the unique, sweet-and-sour flavor of nostalgia seen at an impossible distance.
February 04, 2011
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