Directed by Luchino Visconti
Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale star
in what many consider Luchino Visconti's greatest film. Based on the novel by
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the epic story follows Prince Fabrizio Salina
(Lancaster) and his family as their prominent place in the aristocracy is
threatened during the unification of Italy. This visually opulent
masterpiece was first widely released in a poorly dubbed and edited,
165-minute version, printed in an inferior color process. This is a
restored, Italian version, with its magnificent color intact, although it is
still 25 minutes shorter than the version that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
"...one of the grandest widescreen historical epics...Visconti ends his film
with a stunning ball scene, in which all his visual powers, his
philosophical doubts and ruminations are in evidence" (Derek Malcolm, The
Guardian). Italian with English subtitles. 180 minutes.