Screening of the film: The Leopard€ 3.00
Based on the eponymous novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the film is set in Sicily, revealing the social upheavals underway on the island following the unification of Italy, especially the aristocracy’s reaction to the new political landscape and the emerging middle classes seeking affirmation. Through characters such as the Prince of Salina (played by Burt Lancaster), the mayor Don Calogero (Paolo Stoppa) and their children (Tancredi/Alain Delon and Angelica/Claudia Cardinale), Visconti masterfully illustrates the clash between two generations, but above all between two worlds, one nostalgic and retreating in defence of the privileges it fears it will lose, the other desperate to assert itself with its newfound wealth, new rules and new alliances. The Leopard, made in 1963, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and made it on to Martin Scorsese’s list of his twelve favourite films of all time. Introduced by Paola Jacobbi.
Paola Jacobbi, in a career spanning over 30 years, journalist and film critic has worked for magazines Epoca, Panorama, Gioia andCiak as well as for the TV channel Canale 5 and Vanity Fair, among others. At the moment she is Entertainment Editor at Glamour. In 2013 she published her first novel, Tu sai chi sono io (Bompiani).
Paola Jacobbi & i Dialoghi
Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), the film and theatre director and screenwriter was adored while alive and turned into a cult figure after his death. He is considered as one of the most influential figures in world cinema. After starting as assistant to Jean Renoir, his directorial debut came in 1942 with Obsession, followed by La terra trema, held to be of a masterpiece of Neorealism. Senso, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1954 amidst considerable controversy, marked the change to a style reminiscent of melodrama, like Rocco and His Brothers. With The Leopard, his best-known film, Visconti enjoyed tremendous success with audiences and won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963. He would go on to direct the so-called “German trilogy”, comprising The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1973). His final films were Conversation Piece and L’innocente (1976), presented posthumously at Cannes.