Saturday, December 01, 2007

THE LEOPARD - 1963 - Luchino Visconti

For your enjoyment. I could only find a French version of the Waltz scene. Much of the film was shot in this part of Sicily.


jmb said...

Lovely Welshcakes, the only scene I remember in the film. Of course it's a very long time ago. It struck me while I was watching how far along they have come in film making. Beautiful as it was they were the only couple dancing and the camera seemed fixed. Nowadays they would have had a mass of waltzers with cameras and microphones and all kinds of different angles of the couple as they moved around the room.
Still lovely.

marymaryquitecontrary said...

welchcakes: I have lifed this book several times in Waterstones,it is also on my "wishlist" in Amazon. I keep passing as it looks a difficult read. Is it ? Or is this a case of my "judging a book bu it's cover? I did enjoy the film clip.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, jmb. Interesting comment on cinematography. I hadn't thought of that. But don't you think the company would have cleared the floor for the Prince? Hi, MM. No, it's not a difficult read. It's probably easier if you know a bit of the historical background, though. Actually I'm intending to post about the book later.

Sean Jeating said...

Visconti's adaption of di Lampedusa's novel is a masterpiece, with Burt Lancaster at his best.
Did you ever read "La Sirena"?

jmb said...

I was discussing this with my daughter after I read this and she reminded me that everyone spoke Italian in the film except Lancaster and he was dubbed into Italian. She said it's really clear when you see his lips speaking English on the DVD which was issued just a few years ago and which of course she owns. She also told me how the other actors all spoke French and Italian and made films in both.
She did some course on Italian film recently and wrote long papers (as is her wont) about many of the Italian classic films and contemporary ones too.
She said she'd bring it at Christmas so I can watch it. I've got the book somewhere on my shelves too, so I should read it which I don't believe I ever have.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Sean. No, but I will look it uo right now. Thank you. Hi, jmb. I've never seen it on DVD but should , I think. Do read the book if you have it! Auguri


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