“The Leopard” quotes(1963)
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 Troianishow all
“The Leopard” Quotes 19 quotes
“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.”
“- 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.”
“- 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.”
“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.”
“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)
“We're not blind in spirit, Father. We're just human beings in a changing world.”
“- 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.”
“This isn't the end of anything. It's the beginning of everything!”
“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.”
“They never want to improve. They think themselves perfect. Their vanity is greater than their misery.”
“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)
“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
“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.”