The Leopard, with David Weir (REVIVAL HOUSE)

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Sunday, April 28 – post-film discussion w/ writer David Weir

Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard is an intoxicating visual masterwork from Italian director Luchino Visconti. Burt Lancaster ignites the screen as an aging prince who watches the slipping social landscape of Italy’s ruling class with shattering beauty and decadence. An exquisite depiction of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel, this is Italian cinema at its finest.  (dir. Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1963, 185m)

“The film’s magnificent final hour–an extended ballroom sequence that leaves history behind – becomes one of the most moving meditations on individual mortality in the history of the cinema.” —Chicago Reader

David Weir is an American scholar who has written widely on the Decadent movement in literature and its impact in America. Weir is internationally renowned as an expert on the works of James Joyce and on the culture of decadence. His latest book is on The Leopard seeks to understand the film’s paradoxical place in Italian film history:  Visconti was a Marxist aristocrat and an an auteur director whose films borrowed heavily from the decadent tradition, while at the same time professing allegiance to the Italian Communist Party. He argues that Visconti’s use of artifice, narrative and history, all aspects that came to be criticized, were essential to his cinematic art, and can all be understood as strengths of the film. He provides a scene-by-scene analysis of the film, as well as illuminating its relationship to the Lampedusa novel from which it was adapted.