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The American Cinematheque begins its series Luchino Visconti—Cinematic Nobility with the epic masterpiece THE LEOPARD, an apotheosis of the director’s social and aesthetic predilections.

The film stars Burt Lancaster as a Bourbon prince in Risorgimento-era Italy hoping to forestall the end of his aristocratic way of life—under threat by Garibaldi and his redshirts—with the marriage of his nephew (Alain Delon) to a rich merchant’s daughter (Claudia Cardinale).

Based on the classic novel by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, THE LEOPARD will screen twice during the series in a DCP beautifully restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and co-presented by Luce Cinecittà.


Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Friday, March 29, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

From top: Burt Lancaster as Prince Don Fabrizio Salina in The LeopardAlain Delon as Tancredi Falconeri and Claudia Cardinale as Angelica; Lancaster with a tailor on set; Garibaldi’s redshirts; costumes for The Leopard were designed by Piero Tosi and Umberto Tirelli; Lancaster and Cardinale in the film’s ballroom dance scene.


Centered around an extensive, long-forgotten 1970 interview with David Frost and dramatized by the voice of Fanny Ardant, the upcoming documentary MARIA BY CALLAS—directed by Tom Volf—takes a subjective look at the twentieth-century singer and personality nonpareil, with a focus on rare performance footage and recordings that capture her work onstage and in front of the camera of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The opening weekend of the 2018 LA Film Festival will feature a special screening of the film in Hollywood.


Friday, September 21, at 7:30 pm.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top:  Luchino Visconti and Maria Callas at La Scala.

Above: David Frost and Callas in 1970.

Below: Callas and Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1969, after shooting Medea.

Image credit all images: © Fonds de Dotation Maria Callas.


Ivo van Hove and the Comédie Française meet at the Armory for a performance/installation art production of Luchino Visconti’s THE DAMNED that combines live actors, musicians, and a roving videographer.


THE DAMNED, directed by Ivo van Hove, through July 28.

IVO VAN HOVE and LAURIE ANDERSON in conversation, Thursday, July 19, at 6 pm.

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue (at 66th Street), New York City.

Ivo van Hove’s production of The Damned, Festival d’Avignon. Photographs by Christophe Raynaud de Lage.


With the exception of a few repeat screenings in July, the most successful film series in Lincoln Center history—VISCONTI: A RETROSPECTIVE—will conclude this week with LUDWIG (1973), starring director Luchino Visconti’s lover Helmut Berger in the title role.


Wednesday and Thursday, June 27 and 28,

at 2 pm and 6:45 pm.

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street, New York City.

Above: Romy Schneider in Ludwig.

Below: Helmut Berger and his director Luchino Visconti.



DEATH IN VENICE screens this weekend at the Visconti festival at Lincoln Center.

“There is possibly a no more overwhelming death in cinema than the one that ends Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella of homosexual desire. Feted composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde), his face smeared with tragically unbecoming makeup, sits on the beach at Venice Lido watching the object of his affections.

“To the unbearably bittersweet strains of the adagietto from Mahler’s 5th symphony, Aschenbach sees the beautiful Polish boy, Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), get beaten up by an older boy, before he himself is carried off in a Wagnerian liebestod.” — Stuart Jeffries *



Sunday, June 17, at 8 pm, and Thursday, June 21, at 4:15 pm.

Walter Reade Center, 165 West 65th Street, New York City.

See Nick Pinkerton on Visconti.

Dirk Bogarde (left) and Björn Andrésen (left) in Death in Venice. Image credit: Warner Bros.