Luchino Visconti committed to film a unique fusion of art, history and thought. The novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa gives the director the opportunity to develop his personal version of Proust's recherche, in a maze of light and shadow, full of Verga's fatalist realism. Il Gattopardo is draped in a funeral pall. Probably the most famous line in the film, "in order for things to stay the same, everything must change", is spoken as if engraved on a tombstone. It is not just a historical examination of a country at the mercy of unbreakable traditions, it is also a vision that transcends the moment and echoes a universal sentiment. According to Scorsese, Il Gattopardo is "an astonishing cinematic tapestry in which every gesture, every word, the placing of every object in every room brings a lost world to life." For each of the main actors, this film made an indelible mark on their illustrious careers. Goffredo Lombardo fought hard to get the film made, and despite production costs that nearly ruined Titanus, Il Gattopardo is today considered its greatest ever production, a place where art and spectacle meet to tell a story with indelible strokes.