The Leopard
The Leopard

The Leopard

Director Luchino Visconti

Production year 1963

Length 185min.

Country Italy


When Giuseppe Garibaldi disembarked in Sicily, the family of Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, settles in his country mansion in Donnafugata. During the trip, Tancredi, the Prince’s favorite nephew, courts his cousin Concetta just for the sake of it. The girl asks Father Perrone, priest of Donnafugata and spiritual counselor of the whole family, to ask her father whether she could marry Tancredi. However, the Prince refuses to give his consent. Moreover, Tancredi is in love with Angelica, the daughter of Donnafugata’s Mayor. Against his will, the Prince accepts the circumstances, and at the elections his casts his vote in favor of the Unity of Italy and against the Bourbon princes. Tancredi leaves to join his regiment and he writes to his uncle asking for Angelica Sedara’s hand. The Prince meets Calogero Sedara, the girl’s father, a very wealthy bourgeois, as rich as Fabrizio Salina. Not long afterwards, Tancredi comes back and spends some time with his beloved, whom he will marry soon. The Prince is offered a seat in the Senate of the newly formed government, but he refuses – explaining that he belongs to an unlucky generation, halfway between the old and the new, and that consequently he would not feel comfortable in the new government. The Prince throws a grand ball for all Sicilian aristocracy on the occasion of Angelica’s debut. Angelica and Fabrizio Salina are admired by all guests. After the ball the Prince feels as if he were an intruder, and when his passions are aroused at the sight of his future niece, he suddenly breakes away from the engaged couple. While he wanders around his palace, he hears that four deserters from Victor Emanuele’s army who have tried to join Garibaldi, will be executed. At the end of the ball he goes to see... Four shots break the silence. Then, all ends. The dying aristocracy witnesses the death of the ideals of liberty.


Golden Palm | Cannes IFF, France, 1963

Best Production | David di Donatello Awards, Italy, 1963

Silver Ribbon for Best Cinematography; Best Production Design, Best Costume Design | Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Italy, 1964

Sant Jordi for the Best Foreign Film | Sant Jordi Awards, Spain, 1964

Special Award | Sant Jordi Awards, Spain, 1991


Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti



Goffredo Lombardo


Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, story by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Director of Photography

Giuseppe Rotunno

Production designer

Mario Garbuglia

Music by

Nino Rota


Mario Messina


Mario Serandrei


Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Mario Girotti, Giuliano Gemma, Brook Fuller, Romolo Valli

Production company(ies)

Titanus (Rome), Société Nouvelle, Pathé Cinéma (as S.N. Pathé Cinéma), Société Générale de Cinématographie (S.G.C.) (Paris)

Luchino Visconti

Claudia Cardinale (Claude Josephine Rose Cardinale, born 1938, Tunis) Claudia’s parents were of Sicilian extraction, however she did not learn Italian until late in life and French always was her first language. Cardinale had planned to become a teacher until she won first prize in a Tunisian beauty contest in 1957. The prize was a trip to Venice where she was noticed by the Italian film industry, and was given a seven-year contract with Vides films. Claudia Cardinale’s movie debut was in the film Goha in 1958 and later the same year in I soliti ignotti/Big Deal on Madonna Street, which was an international success. During her early years here career was managed by the producer Franco Cristaldi, who in 1966 became her husband. In the early movies her spoken words were dubbed because of her naturally deep voice and her inexperience with the Italian language. In the 1960’s, Cardinale’s starred in some of Italy’s finest movies, including Luchino Visconti’s II Gattopardo/The Leopard in 1963, Fedrico Fellini’s 8½ (1963) and Sergio Leone’s Once upon a Time in the West (1968). In 1963 Cardinale won a Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) for her role as Maria in La Ragazza di Bube/Bube’s Girl. After this success she was cast in the Hollywood production of Blake Edwards, The Pink Panther. Cardinale made several other Hollywood movies, including Circus World, Blindfold, The Professionals and The Hell with Heroes, but always considered herself more of a European movie star. Cardinale’s role in The Professionals (1966) is probably considered the best of her Hollywood movies, starring alongside Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Robert Ryan. Another of her outstanding performances is Sandra, a Holocaust victim, in Luchino Visconti’s Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa/Of a Thousand Delights (1965). Cardinale has worked predominantly in European films since the 1960’s, most notably Fitzcarraldo (1982), Mayrig (1991) and And Now… Ladies and Gentlemen… (2002). Since 1999, Claudia Cardinale has been an UNESCO’s goodwill ambassador for the Defence of Women’s Rights. In 2005 Cardinale wrote her autobiography titled Moi Claudia, Toi Claudia.


Goha (1958), I soliti ignoti/Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), Three Strangers in Rome (1958), The Magistrate (1959), South Wind (1959), La prima notte/Venetian Honeymoon (1959), Anneaux d'or (1959), Un maledetto imbroglio/The Facts of Murder (1959), Upstairs and Downstairs (1959), Bell' Antonio (1960), Austerlitz/The Battle of Austerlitz (1960), Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti (1960), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), I delfini/Silver Spoon Set (1960), Girl with a Suitcase (1961), La viaccia/The Lovemakers (1961), The Lions Are Loose (1961), Auguste/Kolka, My Friend (1961), Cartouche (1962), Senilita/Careless (1962), 8½ (1963), The Leopard (1963), The Pink Panther (1963), La ragazza di Bube/Bube's Girl (1963), Gli indifferenti/Time of Indifference (1964), Circus World (1964), The Magnificent Cuckold (1964), Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa/Sandra (1965), Blindfold (1965), Le fate/The Queens (1966), Lost Command (1966), The Professionals (1966), A Rose for Everyone (1967), Don't Make Waves (1967), La amante estelar (1968), Il giorno della civetta (1968), The Hell with Heroes (1968), Once upon a Time in the West (1968), Nell’anno del Signore/The Conspirators (1969), Ruba al prossimo tuo/A Fine Pair (1969), Certain, Very Certain, As a Matter of Fact... Probable (1969), The Red Tent (1969), The Adventures of Gerard (1970), L'udienza (1971), Bello, onesto, emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata/A Girl in Australia (1971), Popsy Pop (1971), Les petrolieuses/Frenchie King (1971), Scoumoune (1972), Days of Fury (1973), I guappi (1974), Gruppo di famiglia in un interno/Conversation Piece (1974), A mezzanotte va la ronda del piacere/The Immortal Bachelor (1975), Libera, amore mio... (1975), Qui comincia l’avvenntura/Blonde in Black Leather (1975), A Common Sense of Modesty (1976), Goodbye e amen (1977), Corleone (1977), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Iron Prefect (1977), L’arma/Sniper (1977), Fire's Share (1978), Little Girl in Blue Velvet (1978), Escape to Athena (1979), Si salvi chi vuole (1980), The Salamander (1981), La pelle (1981), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Le cadeau/Bankers Also Have Souls (1982), Le ruffian (1983), Princess Daisy (1983, TV), Claretta/Claretta Petacci (1984), Henry IV (1984), Woman of Wonders (1985), L'été prochain (1985), History (1986), Naso di cane/Hit Man (1986, TV), A Man in Love (1987), Blu elettrico (1988), La révolution française (segment Les aneees Lumiere, 1989), Winter of '54: Father Pierre (1989), La Batalla de los Tres Reyes/Drums of Fire (1990), Act of Sorrow (1991), Mayrig/Mother (1991), 588 rue Paradis (1992), Mother (1993, TV mini-series), Flash - Der Fotoreporter (Das Zweite Gesicht der Aida, TV episode, 1993), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Elles ne pensent qu'à ça... (1994), 10-07: L'affaire Zeus (1995, TV series), Nostromo (1996, TV mini-series), Sous les pieds des femmes (1997), Deserto di fuoco (1997, TV mini-series), Riches, belles, etc. (1998), Mia, Liebe meines Lebens (1998, TV mini-series), Un café... l'addition (1999), LI chiamarone… briganti!/Brigands (1999), Élisabeth - Ils sont tous nos enfants (2000, TV), And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002), Le demon de midi/The Demon Stirs (2005), Cherche fiancé tous frais payés (2007), Hold-up à l'italienne (2008, TV), The String (2009), Un balcon sur la mer/A View of Love (2010), Diventare italiano con la signora Enrica (2010)

FILMS 2010