“So I opened the drawers and saw that they were filled with beautiful, handmade things. And I said to Visconti, ‘But we won’t be able to see them.’ And he told me, It doesn’t matter. They are your things. You know they are there.’” Italian master Luchino Visconti was severely criticized for casting Lancaster as a Sicilian prince in this remarkable adaptation of Count Giuseppe di Lampedeusa’s novel, but 50 years later it looks like a casting coup: Lancaster carries himself as if the world were his possession. His prince is the center of gravity for the sumptuous world of Sicilian aristocracy, fading from the historical horizon. Visconti’s masterpiece also stars Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, future spaghetti western star Terence Hill and a very young Pierre Clémenti.
Restored in association with Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Twentieth Century Fox, and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.
Images courtesy of TITANUS/SNPC / THE KOBAL COLLECTION