MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 27,423 this week

Don Giovanni (1979)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 646 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 18 critic

Screen adapatation of Mozart's greatest opera. Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest after another until the ghost of Donna Anna's father, the Commendatore, (whom ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(libretto), (collaboration), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 19 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1769 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
 
a list of 836 titles
created 30 Oct 2012
 
a list of 4781 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Don Giovanni" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Don Giovanni (1979)

Don Giovanni (1979) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Don Giovanni.
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Accident (1967)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Oxford professor of philosophy Stephen has two favorite pupils, the athletic aristocrat William and the Austrian Anna von Graz. Stephen is a frustrated man, with a negligent wife, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard
The Big Night (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring
A Doll's House II (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nora Helmer has years earlier committed a forgery in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald. Now she is being blackmailed lives in fear of her husband's finding out and... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Jane Fonda, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

What is real and what is fiction? Faced with writer's block with his novel, Lewis Fielding turns to a film script about a woman finding herself after his wife Elizabeth returns from Baden ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Michael Caine, Helmut Berger
Don Giovanni (TV Movie 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Director: Gary Halvorson
Stars: Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Paul Groves
Eva (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker, Virna Lisi
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A penniless woman meets a strange girl who insists she is her long-lost mother, and becomes enmeshed in a web of deception, and perhaps madness, in this powerful psychological thriller.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Mia Farrow
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he spent a weekend at the English country home of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Corbiau
Stars: José van Dam, Anne Roussel, Philippe Volter
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two escaped convicts (Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell) are on the run in an unnamed Latin American country. But everywhere they go, they are followed and hounded by a menacing black ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Henry Woolf
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John Macurdy ...
Edda Moser ...
Kiri Te Kanawa ...
Kenneth Riegel ...
José van Dam ...
Teresa Berganza ...
Malcolm King ...
Eric Adjani ...
A Valet in Black
Roberto Del Lago
Sandro Dal Pra
Cristina Fondi
Patrizia Murari
Cristina Nizzero
Simonetta Noce
Edit

Storyline

Screen adapatation of Mozart's greatest opera. Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, makes one conquest after another until the ghost of Donna Anna's father, the Commendatore, (whom Giovanni killed) makes his appearance. He offers Giovanni one last chance to repent for his multitudinious improprieties. He will not change his ways So, he is sucked down into hell by evil spirits. High drama, hysterical comedy, magnificent music! Written by <frankpat@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

16 March 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Mozart's Don Giovanni  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Reportedly, when director Joseph Losey attended the Paris Opera at the invitation of producer Rolf Liebermann, Losey fell asleep after the lights went off. See more »

Connections

Version of Don Giovanni (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A multi-level reading of a complex opera
27 August 2005 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

A fascinating film that seems to be operating on several levels at once. It was hard for me sometimes to just listen to it as an opera, because I felt that there were so many messages being imparted through the sets, landscape and especially the extras who continually move about the scene as the main characters sing and act their stories. Others have observed that the common people are present everywhere, and yet just ignored by Don Giovanni; he even conducts his attempted seduction of Zerlina with half a village standing on the steps and watching. As an aristocrat, he doesn't even acknowledge the existence of these underlings, and can do what he wants without worrying about their opinion or their interference. Nor is this just the behavior of a bad man; Don Ottavio is much the same during one of his arias (I think it is 'Il mio tesoro') when he is walking about declaiming as peasants dot the lawn, taking their afternoon siesta. Perhaps the point is not so much to accuse anyone of being deliberately cruel, as to underline how absolutely divided the aristocracy is from the common people. Not only do the aristocrats ignore the commoners, the commoners seem to be pretty oblivious to the aristocrats, too. No matter what Don Giovanni gets up to, the work of the peasants just goes on - he may wander down to the kitchen once in a while to give a little speech and pinch a serving wench, but it makes very little difference to anyone if he's present or not. The whole of this society seems as artificial and fragile as Don Giovanni's lace sleeves; this is a world that is almost at the limit of its ability to hold together under the weight of its contradictions.

Ruggero Raimondi is a terrific Don Giovanni - handsome, graceful and charming, but with a hardness in the line of his mouth and his eyes that creates a very disturbing feeling of danger. Zerlina, though attracted, seems to sense that there is something wrong about him, though she isn't quite sure where to attribute the feeling of fear he inspires in her. Teresa Berganza was my favorite of the 3 main ladies; Edda Moser seemed very grim after her opening scene, and Kiri Te Kanawa reminded me irresistibly of Madeleine Kahn in "Young Frankenstein", especially with that tall silver-powdered hairdo. The silent servant played by Eric Adjani was another one of the puzzles that I felt this movie kept posing me. He seems to be a younger version of Don Giovanni, and one who is present almost as Don Giovanni's spirit, when the actual man is not there. During moments of crisis, he almost always watches Don Giovanni, not the action that is taking place outside him, and only Don Giovanni seems to really look at him. In the finale, he is almost like Banquo's ghost, sitting in Don Giovanni's chair until the master confronts him, and when the Commendatore's statue appears, Don Giovanni almost seems to bid him goodbye as he passes. I think the servant is Don Giovanni's conscience, the age when Don Giovanni, as a young man, cast him off and turned to evil. Now he follows him like a ghost of himself, observing but unable to influence.


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Strange Man aaron-497
Discuss Don Giovanni (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?