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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Visconti's Sweeping Epic 'The Leopard'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2014 at 11:40AM

A Criterion Royal Flush! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Luchino Visconti's Italian cinema classic "The Leopard," starring Burt Lancaster.
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'The Leopard'
'The Leopard'

A Criterion Royal Flush! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Luchino Visconti's Italian cinema classic "The Leopard," starring Burt Lancaster.

Classical movie making of the highest order, Visconti’s sweeping 1963 epic set during the Italian revolution plants Lancaster (forced on the director by nervous producers, but ultimately a valued working partner) at the center of a long form feast for the senses, photographed by the great Giuseppe Rotunno (Amarcord, Satyricon) and with music by Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, The Godfather). Surely a major influence on Bernardo Bertolucci’s grandiose epic 1900, also featuring Lancaster. Various versions exist, ranging from 205 minutes to 151. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorites.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.