The book was assembled from scenes in the author’s memory. The film was put together with elegant precision. The book was written by the last of the Sicilian line. The film was made by the genius of the Milanese princes. The book goes inside the Leopard’s passionate logic and changing moods. The film shows the critical gestures and loss of the Leopard. The book opens in May, the film August. The book cannot change its spots and will end up in a library. The film cannot change its spots and will end up in DVD packages of Great Italian Films.
5 of 10: 'Il Gattopardo', by Luchino Visconti (1963), in English 'The Leopard', though technically the word refers to the North African cat called the serval.