An epic on the grandest scale, Luchino Visconti's The Leopard (Il gattopardo) re-creates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster (The Killers, Brute Force) stars as an aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by the gorgeous Alain Delon (Purple Noon, Le samouraÃ¯) and Claudia Cardinale (8 Â½, Once Upon a Time in the West ). The Criterion Collection is proud to present The Leopard in two distinct versions: Visconti's original and the English-language one released in America.
The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue, including actor Burt Lancaster's own voice
Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
A Dying Breed: The Making of "The Leopard," an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D'Amico, Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others
Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
Video interview with film scholar Millicent Marcus on the history behind The Leopard
Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos