Superb, sumptuous epic based on Guiseppe di Lampedusa's novel about the decline of the Italian aristocracy and the rise to power of the bourgeoisie. Financed by 20th Century-Fox and released to critical acclaim in Europe, THE LEOPARD was butchered for its initial, inauspicious U.S.
release, finally earning the acclaim it deserved when a restored version was presented in 1983.
Burt Lancaster plays an elderly prince struggling to come to terms with the rapidly changing Italian social structure of the 1860s. He arranges for his nephew, Tancredi (Alain Delon), to marry Angela (Claudia Cardinale), the daughter of a rich merchant, in an attempt to shore up his status ...