Film Reviews, Short Review

Il Gattopardo [The Leopard] (1963)

4/4

The Leopard is a film of grand historical sweep and huge ambition with a great many extravagant set-pieces. It’s also a film of great subtlety and grace, held together by the charisma and power of its three central stars, the masculine and powerful Burt Lancaster, the preposterously handsome and cocky Alain Delon and the orgasmically beautiful Claudia Cardinale. Much of the content of the film is expressed not in words but in the glances and movements of the actors, and these three stars rise to the challenge with gusto. Not only that, Luchino Visconti’s direction is also sumptuous – these men and women are not just photographed amongst the beautiful landscape of Sicily, they are an irrevocable part of it. Beautiful.

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