Cinema: A Prince Among Men

The Leopard. "If we want things to stay as they are, things have to change." The Prince of Salina (Burt Lancaster) abruptly stops shaving and turns to stare in irritation at his favorite nephew (Alain Delon). Can Tancredi seriously mean to suggest that he, Salina of Sicily, should lick the boots of the new bourgeoisie? The prince is a proud man, as proud as the Leopard ramping on his princely scutcheon. But he is not a fool; he knows as well as Tancredi that in the spring of 1860 bourgeois boots are on the march from the Alps to Africa. Garibaldi...

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