The gatopardo (1963), By luchino visconti – criticism

Once upon a time on a February eleven one thousand nine hundred and eighty-five. The afternoon was windy in Salamanca, and the session began at seven. As we walked to the Van Dyck multiplexes, a childhood friend and the writer of this commented on the possibility of rain. What I could not imagine is the amount of beauty that I was going to find within the frame of the screen, photographed in Technirama. Luchino Visconti was a master of the wide screen, but we will return to this later. ‘ El Gatopardo ‘ represents the challenge of Titanus to Hollywood blockbusters of the time. It was about showing (and it was achieved) that a big budget film could focus its argument on philosophical, political, religious questions, and an endless number of intellectual nuances, which converge on a nuclear theme: The decline of a man and his breed; the nobility giving…

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