The Leopard

Still from The Leopard

Saturday, 08 November 2014: The Leopard

Saturday, 08 November 2014, 18:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Luchino Visconti, Italy 1963, 185 mins, PG

“Visconti (a Marxist aristocrat) offers an elegiac meditation on the passing of a society whose feudalism he deplores but whose elegance he mourns.” Philip Kemp, Total Film

The Prince of Salina (the Leopard) tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals in the harsh Sicilian landscape of the 1860s. Painfully realizing the aristocracy’s obsolescence, the Prince distances himself from the new society that emerges but does not stand in the way of his nephew Tancredi, who swims with the tide and assures his own position. A special screening with dinner.

Tickets are available online from Bookitbee, either with or without dinner. If you wish to come for dinner before the film (at 6pm), tickets must be booked in advance. If a film-only ticket is required, these may be booked in advance, but may also be purchased on the door subject to availability. The film itself will start at (or shortly after) 7.30pm.

Prices: with dinner: £20/£17 (concessions); film only: £6/£5 (concessions)

“The cinema at its best can give us the illusion of living another life, and that’s what happens here.” Roger Ebert Reviews

Further reading

  1. BFI: Fiftieth anniversary of The Leopard
  2. Criterion
  3. Roger Ebert
  4. MOMA
  5. Kinoeye
  6. Boston Globe
  7. Urban Cinefile
  8. Parallax View
  9. Combustible Celluloid