The Leopard ★★★★

A sprawling, challenging film, The Leopard is made on such an enormous scale filled with gorgeous cinematography and Sicilian landscapes, yet it's also a subdued character piece. Its themes and meanings trickling out quietly through Burt Lancaster's incredible performance and small moments between characters. The final, sweaty ball is an absolutely staggering piece of cinema. Corbera's disgust and weariness. His ageing, his being left behind. And the flickers of youth and the past found in Claudia Cardinale. It is beautiful and horrible at once with everything before it setting up this stressful sequence. The Leopard is exhausting but rewarding.