Martin Scorsese had a hand in restoring Luchino Viscontis The Leopard (Il gattopardo), the film being seen today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marian Luntz, film curator for the museum, says a reported 12,000 hours of work were put in to remove 47 years of dirt and scratches from the print.
Following the life of a Sicilian count, beautifully played by Burt Lancaster, as he faces the inevitable changes the 1860s revolution brings to Italy, The Leopardhas been called Italys Gone with the Wind. People really see it that way, says Luntz, because theres war, theres gowns, theres triumph of the human spirit. This year is a big year for Italy, theyre celebrating 150 years of Italian reunification. And this particular film addresses that particular time. Its a personal and political story, with a cast of literally thousands.
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The Leopard, which also stars Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, clocks in at almost three and a half hours, but Luntz says viewers will be so involved with the action on screen they wont notice the time. I think its going to be a sumptuous experience. Its an immersive experience to see a film of this length. Its truly going to be one of the most beautiful visual experiences that weve been able to offer in a while. 6 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Sat., March 5, 6 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 5 p.m., 2011