Gathan Beaga

il gattopardo

One of the best books I have ever read is The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. And by many accounts, the film of the book, directed by Visconti, is one of the greatest spectacles ever committed to celluloid.

So maybe I should get the DVD.

But, a dilemma. Do I get the soon-to-be-released Criterion Collection edition of the butchered American version with overdubbed English? Or the Italian restored edition with original dialogue and English subtitles? Both versions don’t seem to be complete (the original Italian version was 205 minutes, complete with a one hour long ballroom scene; but neither DVD version seems longer than about three hours).

Luckily, Arovideo to the rescue! What haven’t they got? And… they’ve got the recent Italian version. So I’ll have to rent it and see whether it’s worth spending any time on.

And that’s the beginning and end of my time as a film nerd. Hopefully.