|Battle scene from The Leopard|
|Mass scene from The Leopard|
The Movie Club movie for this January has been Luchino Visconti's The Leopard. From 1963, starring Burt Lancaster as Prince Don Fabrizio Salina, this movie explores Sicilian life during the Risorgimento - the democratic revolution (1860 and beyond). In particular we follow one family - their fall from nobility, greed, moral decadence, all the good stuff.
It's a lengthy film. I watched the English version. The sets are very lavish and the colourization adds to the effect. You feel like you are watching paintings. There are some goods lines of dialogue as well.