Lo spettacolo della decadenza: Il Gattopardo di Visconti

Autore: Vincenzo Esposito
In: Meridiana. 69, 2010
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The Spectacle of Decadence. Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo
The essay deals with the epic grandeur of Il Gattopardo, Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel about the decline and the following collapse of Sicilian nobility during Italy’s Risorgimento. The Spectacle of Decadence is the account of Luchino Visconti’s love for visual richness and attention to details (sumptuous costumes, lavish interiors and dramatic landscapes) which also highlights his ability to tell the story through the senses, in a sort of startling myse en abyme, where the author (the «artifex») finds out his mirror image in the tragic life of Salina, a decadent hero «amused to death».