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November 16, 2013

Italy | 1965 | 105 minutes | Luchino Visconti

Shady family secrets, incestuous sibling bonds, descents into madness, decades-old conspiracies: with Sandra, Luchino Visconti traded The Leopard's elegiac grandeur for something grittier and pulpier -- the Electra myth in the form of a gothic melodrama. 4K restoration.

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Claudia Cardinale's title character returns to Volterra, her ancestral home in Tuscany, with her new American husband, and has an unexpected encounter with her long-lost brother and a reckoning with her family's dark wartime past. Shooting in a decaying mansion set amid a landscape of ruins, Visconti found a new idiom for the great theme of his late career: the slow death of an aristocracy rooted in classical ideals but long since hollowed out by decadence and corruption. Brand new 4K restoration!

Director: Luchino Visconti
Principal Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Sorel, Michael Craig
Country: Italy
Year: 1965
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Franco Cristaldi
Screenplay: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti
Cinematographers: Armando Nannuzzi
Editors: Mario Serandrei
Music: Carlo Alberto Rossi
Awards: Venice Mostra 1965 (Golden Lion)
Filmography: The Leopard (1963), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Senso (1954)
Language: Italian, Hebrew, French, English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Repertory
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