"Il Gattopardo" - Piana degli Albanesi


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Some scenes of "Il Gattopardo" were shot in the Sicilian countryside of Piana degli Albanesi.
The Leopard is a 1963 film directed by Luchino Visconti, starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.
The subject is based on the novel of the same name by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and the figure of the protagonist of the film, the Leopard , is inspired by that of the great-grandfather of the author of the book, Prince Giulio Fabrizio Tomasi di Lampedusa who lived in the era of the end of the Bourbon Kingdom. The title of the film, on the other hand, refers to the coat of arms of the Tomasi di Lampedusa family in which a leopard is placed in the center. The film won the Palme d'Or as best film at the 16th Cannes Film Festival.
The Leopard is a great classic of Italian cinema, it is the story of an era that is always current: the term "leopard" still comes today indicated to indicate political and social events closely linked to change, renewal and repositioning of the dominant party.
The film tells the story of Prince Fabrizio Corbera di Salina and his noble family in the era of the end of the Bourbon Kingdom and the transition to the Unification of Italy. Shortly before the landing of the Thousand, the Prince decided to move the whole family to the Donnafugata summer residence. It is from here that he will witness the slow decline of the Sicilian aristocracy. At the time, many noble families of the Sicilian aristocracy experienced this change trying to adapt to the arrival of the new nobility. Prince Don Fabrizio also tried to adapt to the change and for this he supported the marriage between his nephew Tancredi and Angelica Sedara, daughter of the new Mayor, representative of the new nobility.
The film was shot almost entirely in Sicily: in Palermo, Cimmina and Piana degli Albanesi. Only a few scenes were shot in Ariccia, Rome.
The Sicilian countryside location near the Ducco district in Piana degli Albanesi was chosen for the setting of the journey from the Salina palace to the Donnafugata residence. In the same area, near the lake of Piana degli Albanesi, the scene was shot in which the Garibaldi army tried to block the way of the Salina family on their way to a fugitive woman.

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