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IL GATTOPARDO (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti



IL GATTOPARDO (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti

cinema rebornCinema Reborn 2021

After a forced break due to pandemic restrictions, the collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney and Cinema Reborn resumes this year.

In the vast panorama of films screened around Sydney, Cinema Reborn plays a particular role because it offers Australian and international films that have made history in the art of cinema, often presenting them in a new, restored version.

In addition to numerous films from various sources, in 2021 the association's steering committee included three Italian feature films. These are the works of two of the best known and most appreciated Italian directors, Le amiche (The Girlfriends) by Michelangelo Antonioni and Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti, as well as a gem of the silent era, Filibus, directed in 1915 by Luca Roncoroni and accompanied by the recording of a recorded orchestra performance, arranged by the US distributor.

The Festival will be held from 30 April to 2 May 2021 at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, opening on Friday, 30 April, with Antonioni's film, continuing on Saturday 1 May with Visconti's masterpiece, to end on Sunday, 2 May, with the magical atmosphere of the silent movie.

Of note, with a view to cultural exchange between Australian and Italian cultural entities, is the consolidated collaboration between Cinema Reborn and the Cineteca di Bologna Foundation "L’Immagine Ritrovata".

Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963), by Luchino Visconti, 185’

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa

In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow anddelon cardinale deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero's beautiful daughter Angelica. The climactic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

Il gattopardo is based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel of the same title. It won the Palme d’Or for best picture at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Presented in a new 4K digital restoration by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, funded by the Gucci Foundation.

Information and bookings: 


Date: Saturday, May 01, 2021

Time: At 5:45 pm

Organized by : Cinema Reborn

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee



Randwick Ritz, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick