Sunday, December 8, 2013

408. Il Gattopardo

Il Gattopardo
The Leopard
Directed by Luchino Visconti

We have hit a string of movies that I have never even heard of, let alone seen which is why the reviews have been pretty sporadic as of late.  However, with the holidays coming up expect to see a lot of posts coming your way.

So like I said, I had never heard of this movie before so I was shocked when I researched it and realized that it is one of the most acclaimed films of all time.  Where the hell have I been?  I am ashamed that I called myself a film buff!

Okay, so here is another secret.  I thought the film was really dull.  Don't get me wrong; it was completely beautiful.  You can look at the above picture and see that it is a movie filled with vibrant sets and gorgeous colors.  So technically and cinematically beautiful?  Of course.  Story wise? Eh...

You will notice that there is no plot summary here.  That is because I was so bored that I really didn't know what was going on.  I would space out for about thirty minutes and then I would check out the internet to see what I missed.  However, there are very few plot summaries on this movie which does not bode well for the lazy viewer.  Hey, if I am going to be guilted into watching this film, at least help me out.

Okay, so I take full responsibility for this one.  I should have paid more attention and not playing with my gummy bears and making them act out stories.  This will definitely be one that I have to come back to when the list is over.  But for now..

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Visconti initially bullied Burt Lancaster on set since he wasn't his first choice for the role.  However, once Lancaster stood up to him in front of everyone, they developed a close friendship.

Warren Beatty, Laurence Olivier, and Marlon Brando were all considered for roles.



  1. .. I actually enjoyed this... but I will admit it was a tad long.

    Interesting facts.. I didn't know about the other lead roll possibilities.., but thank goodness they picked the right one.

    1. Yeah if they had cast Brando in an Italian film we would have another Last Tango in Paris situation on our hands and nobody wants that.

  2. The reason for the lack of a plot summary is that there is no plot. This movie simply lacks a progressive moving storyline. A far as I can tell this is simply a portrait of the prince and a lengthy one at that. A pretty movie, true, but ultimately underwhelming.

    1. I read the book recently and it was so much better! That's pretty much always the case.

  3. I thought it was more a portrait of Sicily and wondered if the island itself was the titular leopard rather than the Prince. Very long for a film where the story doesn't develop. Sort of thing that can stick in the memory as great in retrospect, but might struggle to grab attention when trying to watch it at the time.

    BTW, isn't 'gattopardo' a great word? 'Leopard' is a good word, but 'gattopardo' is even better!

  4. Dessie... A wonderful word.