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Still from The Leopard.

The Art of Costume Dramas
To coincide with the exhibition Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands, the Morgan is screening a series of classic period dramas that sumptuously illustrate the fashion of the eras in which they are set.

The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)
(1963, 187 minutes)
Director: Luchino Visconti

This award-winning "fresco of Sicilan life" follows the Prince of Salina (Burt Lancester) as he tries to preserve his family, integrity, and class during the chaotic Italian unification of the 1860s. Based on the Italian bestseller by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the film also features Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. In Italian with English subtitles.
Friday, July 22, 2011, 7 p.m.

Films are free. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only: 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.