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 and the corresponding rise to eminence of the wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero.
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Cinema as grand gesture: broad in canvas and wide in scope. Whilst some of the family characterisations and dramas are too skin deep for any real engagement or revelation, the sweep of the narrative bowl and sheer visual panache make up for any miniature deficits. Unsung opera it is, with ravishing cinematography and a lush score from Rota coating yet another fall of the gods for Visconti.
Every frame is a painting in Visconti’s lush, opulent and impeccably acted Il Gattopardo. This was probably his most personal film as, in many ways, he was the Prince (and rumor has it Lancaster used the director as inspiration). The waves of melancholia that come and go are poetic and touching, leaving behind a trail of sadness brought to life by the vivid technicolor. The contrast is striking and utterly perfect.
Nuanced in it's vision, yet narrow minded in it's emotion. It's strange for this film to ask me to get behind the prince's dilemma when it goes to the trouble of making everything so multifaceted and beautifully detailed. In general, I'm slightly indifferent to Lancaster's character and the only thing that kept me going through the smooth 3 hours were the political and social details of this period.
"We were the leopards, the lions, those who take our place will be jackals and sheep, and the whole lot of us - leopards, lions, jackals and sheep - will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth."
I prefer the intimate to the epic in general, but there was plenty to chew on. It was a flop when it came out in America, because America had Lancaster typecast. It doesn't surprise me that this is Martin Scorcese's favorite film. It's old Hollywood style. I much preferred 'Conversation Piece'.
4/5 puan vermeme rağmen, bugünün gözüyle film bu puanı hak eder mi? Tartışılır. Evet muazzam bir sinematografi, yönetmenlik becerisi hakim filme. Lakin zaman zaman -özellikle finalde- film fazla didaktik. Yarınlara kalamaz ancak kalburüstü son olarak.
Totally classy depiction of the fall of 1860s Sicilian aristocracy, with superb soundtrack by Nino Rota and elegant direction from Luchino Visconti, man i wish i had seen the 3 hours 15 minutes uncut version one...