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The Leopard

Luchino Visconti

The Leopard (Criterion Blu-Ray)


2 Discs

SRP: $49.95

Criterion Store price:$39.96

  • Italy
  • 1963
  • 185 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.21:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #235

Making its long-awaited U.S. home video debut, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy’s Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the film in two distinct versions: Visconti’s original Italian version, and the alternate English-language version released in America in a newly restored special edition.


Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of SalinaBurt Lancaster
Angelica SedàraClaudia Cardinale
Tancredi FalconeriAlain Delon
Don Calógero SedàraPaolo Stoppa
Maria Stella Corbera, Princess of SalinaRina Morelli
Father PirroneRomolo Valli
Count CavriaghiMario Girotti
Francesco Paolo CorberaPierre Clémenti
Concetta CorberaLucilla Morlacchi
Cavaliere ChevelleyLeslie French
Don Ciccio TumeoSerge Reggiani

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno and presented in the original Super Technirama aspect ratio of 2.21:1, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue, including Burt Lancaster’s own voice
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard, an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D’Amico, Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others
  • Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
  • Video interview with professor Millicent Marcus on the history behind The Leopard
  • Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
  • Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Michael Wood

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Remembrance of Things Past: The Leopard

By Michael Wood June 29, 2010

Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard had a hard time finding a publisher but was well-known by the time Luchino Visconti began working on his film of the same name. The book appeared in . . . Read more »

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Remembering Suso Cecchi D’Amico

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On the Leopard Set

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Remembrance of Things Past: The Leopard

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June 29, 2010

“It’s hard to imagineThe Leopard looking much better on home video than it does in the new high-definition version,” writesDave Kehr in theNew York Times this week.What he’s referring to, of . . . Read more »


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