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aka - Gattopardo, Il
Italy 1963
Directed by
Luchino Visconti
205 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

The Leopard

Il Gattarpado is undoubtedly a high quality film (it won Best Film at Cannes in 1963), one that owes much to Lampedusa's original text and Visconti's visual flair and empathy for the period (he was himself a member of one of Italy's oldest aristocratic families), but it is a flawed one.

DVD Extras: There is an hour-long documentary on Visconti's career, an audio commentary by Rolando Caputo a Melbourne-based film academic; the original theatrical trailers; and production stills. Madman can be relied for high quality print transfers and this double disc dvd is no exception. Note however that whilst the original running time as 205 mins, the DVD cover claims a running time of 181 mins.

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