Luchino Visconti's extravangant 1963 epic, featuring an international cast including American Burt Lancaster, Frenchman Alain Delon and Italians Claudia Cardinale and Terence Hill.
In the 1860s Sicily, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself. The film traces the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard, played by Lancaster) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa).
Visconti’s masterpiece is often regarded as the Italian Gone With the Wind. A hugely expensive widescreen epic about the passing of the old order, as Italy transformed from a feudal to modern society. Features a sweeping romantic score by Nino Rota and the 45-minute ballroom climax, considered one of movie's greatest sequences.