The Leopard

(1963)

Genres: Drama, History, Romance

Roger's Office: The Leopard

Transcript for Roger's Office: The Leopard

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
OK, NEXT UP, MARTIN SCORSESE SAYS HE HAS RESTORED THE 1963 CLASSIC FILM "THE LEOPARD." IT'S ON DVD AND NOW BEING RELEASED IN THEATERS ACROSS THE NATION. 

LET'S GO BACK TO ROGER'S OFFICE TO GET HIS TAKE ON IT.

ROGER EBERT:
BURT LANCASTER TOLD ME HIS GREATEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE WAS IN A 1963 ITALIAN CLASSIC NAMED  "THE LEOPARD".

THIS IS BILL CURTIS SPEAKING FOR ROGER EBERT.

THE MOVIE TELLS THE STORY OF A SICILIAN ARISTROCRAT WHOSE FAMILY'S ANCIENT WAY OF LIFE IS COMING APART. 

CLIP FROM “THE LEOPARD”
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

ROGER:
LANCASTER STARS AS DON FABRIZIO SALINA WHO LOVES A WAY OF LIFE HE UNDERSTANDS MUST COME TO AN END. HE IS A NATURAL PATRIARCH, A MAN BORN TO HAVE AUTHORITY, YET AS WE MEET HIM, HE IS AWARE OF HIS AGE AND MORTALITY.

CLIP FROM “THE LEOPARD”
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

ROGER:
THE MOVIE IS BASED ON A NOVEL LANCASTER LOVED SO MUCH HE BOUGHT 11 COPIES TO GIVE TO PEOPLE HE THOUGHT SHOULD FILM IT.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE THE STAR, “I'M NOT A SICILIAN”, HE SAID, BUT THE GREAT ITALIAN DIRECTOR, VISCONTI, FOUND HE COULD ONLY GET FINANCING WITH A STAR LIKE LANCASTER.

CLIP FROM “THE LEOPARD”
[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

ROGER:
NOW MARTIN SCORSESE AND THE FASHION HOUSE OF GUCCI HAVE PAID FOR THE RESTORATION OF THIS GREAT FILM, WHICH IS COMING TO THEATERS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND TO BLURAY DISCS.  

IT IS BEAUTIFUL BEYOND DESCRIPTION, SAD AND HUMAN, ROMANTIC AND FUNNY.

IGNATIY VISHNAVETSKY:
NOW, I'M A VERY BIG FAN OF THE DIRECTOR OF "THE LEOPARD," LUCHINO VISCONTI, AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S PROBABLY THE BEST INTRODUCTION YOU CAN HAVE TO HIS WORK. IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ONE OF HIS FILMS, THIS IS THE ONE TO CHECK OUT.