On this date in 1963 at the 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti won the Palme d'Or. It starred Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon.
The story is set in 1860 Sicily, where Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, enjoys the customary comforts and privileges of an ancient and noble name. War has broken out between the armies of Francis II of the Two Sicilies and the insurgent volunteer redshirts of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Among the rebels is the Prince's remarkably handsome and dashing nephew, Tancredi, with whose romantic politics the Prince shares some whimsical sympathy. Moved by the uprising, the Prince departs for nearby Palermo. Garibaldi's army conquers the city and Sicily from the Bourbons. The Prince muses upon the inevitability of change, with the middle class displacing the hereditary ruling class while on the surface everything remains the same. READ MORE ABOUT THE FILM HERE.
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Read more about American film legend Burt Lancaster HERE.