The Leopard
The Leopard (1963)

Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Based on the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 15, 1963
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
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Consensus: Lavish and wistful, The Leopard features epic battles, sumptuous costumes, and a ballroom waltz that competes for most beautiful sequence committed to film.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

The film aches with regret over a crumbling empire, but its feelings are complicated by the wise prince, who recognizes his place on the wrong side of history.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Lancaster's every movement and facial expression transmits the text and subtext of his Italian character with a sense of regional authenticity that is beguiling.

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Variety Staff

A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Is this the most beautiful film ever made?

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Dan Jardine

A fine drama that Tolstoy would endorse, remarkable for relying not on conflict between the uncle and the nephew but rather on their thorough devotion to each other.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film is a long, rich sigh at the end of the day, one that only Don Fabrizio can hear.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Stately, elegiac, ruminative, the film truly does now feel seamlessly all of a piece -- and looks glorious.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Artistically drawn as if from an old master's hand.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
A great big sigh of a movie. Beautiful and moving.
Tim Salmons
Luchino Visconti's The Leopard is just as fantastic as I've always heard it was. I picked up the Criterion Blu-ray of this a while back and I'm… More
Carlos Magalhães
Visconti's leisurely paced three-hour epic is a deeply sad and nostalgic meditation on mortality and the passing of an era. A sumptuous drama rich in… More
Ross Collins
"If we want things to stay the same, everything must change." An epic period drama about the Sicilian aristocracy during the unification of Italy that… More
Kevin M. Williams
Visconti remembers the good ole days (ala Gone With The Wind) of an stately affected upper class ruling the dirty lower classes with humble grace and dignity… More
Jeremy Smith
One of the greatest films of all time by one of the greatest directors of all time Visconti.