Friday, March 2, 2012

The Leopard (1963)

Next up is an Italian film that inexplicably stars Burt Lancaster. Intrigued? It's three hours long. Still in? Roger Ebert dubbed it one of his "Great Films," and this adaptation of a novel by di Lampedusa won the 1963 Palme d'Or at Cannes. The soap operatic tale of the exploits of a prince is a commentary on the Italian aristocracy during the unification of Italy in the 1860s. If that doesn't catch your interest, the film allegedly ends with a 45-minute-long ballroom scene. If THAT doesn't catch your interest, the Italian title is "Il Gattopardo." Doesn't that sound just delicious? Right?

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