“The Leopard” quotes

(1963)
Movie The Leopard
Luchino Visconti directed this movie in 1963
Title The Leopard
Original title Il gattopardo
Year 1963
Director Luchino Visconti
Genre Drama, History
Plot – In 1860, Garibaldi lands in Sicily and Prince Fabrizio Salina witnesses all the consequences of this event. Despite the imminent war, the Prince and his family move to their country residence in Donnafugata, where the beloved nephew Tancredi falls in love with Angelica, daughter of the mayor and member of the new middle class. Tacredi takes part to Garibaldi's campaign and distinguishes himself during the battle of Palermo. The marriage between Angelica and Tancredi, symbol of the transition of power from the aristocratic landowners to the middle class, is officiated during a long ball that takes place in the sumptuous residence.
All actors – Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Terence Hill, Pierre Clémenti, Lucilla Morlacchi, Giuliano Gemma, Ida Galli, Ottavia Piccolo, Carlo Valenzano, Brook Fuller, Anna Maria Bottini, Lola Braccini, Marino Masé, Howard Nelson Rubien, Tina Lattanzi, Marcella Rovena, Rina De Liguoro, Valerio Ruggeri, Giovanni Melisenda, Giancarlo Lolli, Franco Gulà, Vittorio Duse, Vanni Materassi, Giuseppe Stagnitti, Carmelo Artale, Olimpia Cavalli, Anna Maria Surdo, Halina Zalewska, Winni Riva, Stelvio Rosi, Carlo Palmucci, Dante Posani, Rosolino Bua, Ivo Garrani, Leslie French, Serge Reggiani, , Marie Bell, Omero Capanna, Lou Castel, Sandra Christolini, Maurizio Merli, Augusto Pescarini, Paola Piscini, Amalia Troiani
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  • “I often think about death. The idea doesn't frighten me. You young people can't understand. To you, death doesn't exist. It's something that happens to others.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:age, death]
  • “- Count Cavriaghi: What am I doing here anyway? Concetta doesn't love me.
    - Tancredi Falconeri: Did you speak to her?
    - Count Cavriaghi: There's no point. I feel like I'm just a worm to her, and she's right. I must find a she-worm who'll put up with me.”

    Terence Hill - Count Cavriaghi
    Alain Delon - Tancredi Falconeri
    [Tag:love, rejection]
  • “- Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Do you think that if the Church could ever save herself by sacrificing us, she wouldn't do so? Of course she would, and rightly so.
    - Father Pirrone: You have two sins to confess on Saturday. One of the flesh last night, one of the spirit today.”

    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    Romolo Valli - Father Pirrone
    [Tag:church, heresy, sin]
  • “- Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: In your opinion, what should I say?
    - Father Pirrone: The wish to found a Christian family is agreeable to the Church. Our Lord's presence at the marriage...
    - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Let's keep to the point. I want to talk about this marriage, not the one at Cana, much less about marriage in general.”

    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    Romolo Valli - Father Pirrone
    [Tag:marriage]
  • “A man of 45 can still consider himself young until he realizes he has children old enough for love. Then old age comes over him in one blow.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:aging, men]
  • “The nobles, as you call them, are not easy to understand. They live in a world of their own, not created by God but by themselves, through centuries of experience, troubles and joys. They're upset or pleased about things that matter little to you and me - but are vital to them. I don't mean they're bad people. Far from it. They're... different....” (continue)(continue reading)
    Romolo Valli - Father Pirrone
  • “- Count Cavriaghi: How big is this palace anyway? How many rooms are there?
    - Tancredi Falconeri: Nobody knows, not even Uncle. He says a palace in which you know every room isn't worth living in.”

    Terence Hill - Count Cavriaghi
    Alain Delon - Tancredi Falconeri
    [Tag:building, house]
  • “You're used to naked souls. You should know that naked bodies are far more innocent.”

    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:body, nudity, soul]
  • “We're not blind in spirit, Father. We're just human beings in a changing world.”

    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
  • “- Father Pirrone: Is Your Excellency here for confession?
    - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: Confession? It's not Saturday.
    - Father Pirrone: Listen to me. Come to confession.
    - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: There's no need. You know it all already.
    - Father Pirrone: The power of confession lies not only in telling our sins, but in repentance.”

    Romolo Valli - Father Pirrone
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
  • I'm a vigorous man. I can't find satisfaction with a woman who crosses herself in bed before every embrace, and can only say "Gesummaria" afterwards. I've had seven children with her and I've never seen her navel. Is that right? I ask you. She's the sinner!

    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:marriage, sex, wife]
  • “This isn't the end of anything. It's the beginning of everything!”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:beginnings, end]
  • “They never want to improve. They think themselves perfect. Their vanity is greater than their misery.”

    Burt Lancaster - 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.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:changing, society]
  • “I belong to an unlucky generation, astride between two worlds and ill-at-ease in both. And what is more, I am completely without illusions. Now, what would the Senate do with me, an inexperienced legislator who lacks the faculty for self-deception, an essential requisite for wanting to guide others. No, I cannot lift a finger in politics. It...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
  • “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
    Alain Delon - Tancredi Falconeri
    [Tag:changing]
  • “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.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:death, tradition]
  • “Love, of course! Fire and flames for a year, ashes for thirty. I too know what love is.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:love]
  • “We were the leopards, the lions, those who take our place will be jackals and sheep, and the whole lot of us - leopards, lions, jackals and sheep - will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth.”
    Burt Lancaster - Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
    [Tag:vanity]
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