Luchino Visconti's sweeping classic The Leopard
Built in 1848, Regent Street Cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. With a recent renovation restoring it to its former grandeur, it has added an old school touch to the capital's movie scene. Tonight's offering is Luchino Visconti's classic Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), based on Lampedusa’s best-selling novel. Set in 1860-62, during the turbulent period of Italian unification, this beautiful epic tells the story of an aristocratic Sicilian family threatened by political upheaval. All historical dramas should be this good. "Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture." – Time Out "This is a gorgeous, fascinating account of the interplay between the personal and the social, directed with the kind of insight that only an aristocrat turned Marxist like Visconti could afford." – TV Guide Certificate: PG. Runtime: 3 hours 6 minutes.
"An imperishable glory."