The changeover to digital for cinemas from 35mm film was happening fast in the first decade of this century, and almost as revolutionary as from silent film to sound. 35mm prints were slowly being withdrawn and replaced by digital. After six months of fund raising from our patrons (£60,000 - no grants) we installed new digital projection equipment (but I recommended keeping 35mm) in 2012. As a result, we were able to project all new releases in the digital format, and a particular advantage for live streaming by satellite of opera, ballet, and theatre. It was also a wonderful opportunity for distributors and Studios to restore their library of classics to a quality that we had never seen before. And we celebrate this milestone for us with the digitally stunningly restored 1962 masterpiece - Visconti’s ‘The Leopard’.- Roger Gibson.
An epic on the grandest scale, Luchino Visconti's 3-hour ‘The Leopard’ re-creates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy.
Burt Lancaster stars as an aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by the gorgeous pair of Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinal. A fabulous score by Nino Rota is an integral part of the film, adding an operatic element. A prime example of the advantages of digital restoration. (Subtitles)