May 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
The things you notice on the 22nd viewing of Il Gattopardo, two small, one big:
a) at the beginning of the ballroom scene, Tancredi introduces to Angelica two young, dashing friends grasping their appointment carnets: Fulco and… Gioacchino Lanza. Has anyone noticed? [Gioacchino Lanza is the nephew of Old Tomasi, his adopted son, and was probably the model for Tancredi. Is this his “cameo”? I look at the young man in the film and compare him to Lanza’s adult photos available online and can’t make it out.]
b) the floor in the ballroom — I figured it out — it is painted tile. I have never seen such a thing: is it practical? It looks fabulous.
c) the motive of the the morning execution of the Garibaldisti is Visconti’s interpolation. It’s also ahistorical: Aspromonte lies not in Sicily but in Calabria. It’s also not very Tomasian — it emphasizes (like all Italian commentators do) the political aspect of the novel. (The novel does have bleeding slaughtered bulls carted in the street as Il Principe leaves the ball: perhaps that gave Visconti the idea).