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The Leopard (1963) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Luchino Visconti and produced by Goffredo Lombardo and Pietro Notarianni.

Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Costume DesignPiero TosiNominated
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The Leopard Man (1943): A Work of Sound and Shadow

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 23, 2019 From 4 Star Films

It’s fitting that a pair of castanets act as our entry point into the latest entry from Val Lewton’s RKO unit. Not only do they instantly grab our attention, but they foreshadow the auditory nature of the film and, in the cultural context, provide a little shorthand for where our setting... Read full article


New on DVD: The Leopard Man

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 22, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing the Val Lewton-Jacques Tourneur horror film, The Leopard Man (1943), about a bizarre serial killer who is stalking the New Mexico desert. Here's what you need to know about The Leopard Man (1943), which was just released on DVD by the good folks at Warner Archive. The D... Read full article


The Leopard Man (1943)

on Oct 31, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Val Lewton was well-known for taking ludicrous titles and crafting a narrative from there. In the case of Cat People or I Walked With a Zombie, the acting and storyline mined those titles for psychological significance. But you can’t expect lightening to hit every time, and thus you get films ... Read full article


The Leopard Man features "one of the greatest horror sequences ever filmed"

By Rick29 on Oct 29, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The accolade in the title of this review comes from director William Friedkin, who knows a little about creating horror (The Exorcist) and suspense (the chase scene in The French Connection). Of course, I didn't need Mr. Friedkin to tell me what I already knew. I saw The Leopard Man as a kid and tha... Read full article


The Leopard Man (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 4, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Leopard Man Directed by Jacques Tourneur Written by Ardel Wray and Edward Dein from the novel Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich 1943/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Val Lewton had to use the titles the studio gave him but he used them to make atmospheric gems about our primal f... Read full article


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Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: You know what is happening in our country? Nothing... simply an imperceptible replacement of one class for another. The middle class doesn't want to destroy us. It simply wants to take our place... and very gently.


Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Sleep, my dear Chevalley, eternal sleep, that is what Sicilians want. And they will always resent anyone who tries to awaken them, even to bring them the most wonderful of gifts. And, between ourselves, I doubt very strongly whether this new Kingdom has very many gifts for us in its luggage. All Sicilian expression, even the most violent, is really a wish for death. Our sensuality, wish for oblivion. Our knifings and shootings, a hankering after extinction. Our laziness, our spiced and drugged sherbets, a desire for voluptuous immobility, that is... for death again.


Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: [of the Sicilians] "They never want to improve. They think themselves perfect. Their vanity is greater than their misery."


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While the film was photographed in Technicolor's large format Technirama wide screen system, 20th Century-Fox changed the credit on their prints to reflect it was in CinemaScope and Color by DeLuxe.
Burt Lancaster impressed the originally skeptical Luchino Visconti by letting it be known that he had read the book and lobbying for the part. Fox asked Visconti to choose between Anthony Quinn, Spencer Tracy, and Lancaster. Visconti made up his mind after seeing _Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)_. Lancaster later appeared in Visconti's _Conversation Piece (1974)_.
According to Fulco della Verdura, the director's close friend, Luchino Visconti's affection for Alain Delon initially caused some favoritism. "He was the only actor to have a dressing room; poor Burt Lancaster stood around for hours waiting." Visconti was homosexual.
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