Il gattopardo (1963)
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Visconti's attention to detail pays off with this extravagantly gorgeous epic. The production design and cinematography are close to perfection.
I did feel its length, however. I don't believe this needed to be three hours long. Some smart editing choices could've been made to considerably trim down the film without compromising its tone and spirit.
Nevertheless, it's highly recommended.
Beautifully rich cinematography. Lush interiors and perfect exteriors. The Italian countryside comes to life on screen. It was a little long for my liking but every minute was a feast. I had a hard time following the plot but each scene was wonderfully acted.
the influences on godfather are very visible in the grand ballet scene, sicilian visuals and burt lancester's performance.
i still cannot understand how a barechested hollywood action hunk portrayed a 19th century's aging italian prince this much soulfully and elegantly.
after leone's casting henry fonda as a villain, this may be the 2nd hollywood actor in a european movie that really floored me and left me in awe.
an influental movie with a unique performance.
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This movie ranks #25 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #28 in IMDb's History Top 50
This movie ranks #29 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #38 in FilmTV's The Best Italian Films
This movie ranks #67 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #75 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #93 in Roy Menarini's Il Grande Cinema Italiano
This movie ranks #100 in iCheckMovies's 1960s Top 100
This movie ranks #103 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #167 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #225 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #252 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #279 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #338 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #394 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #468 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #502 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #633 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?