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Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. A series of bloody wars has ravaged the nation. Don Juan the nobleman and his valet, Sganarelle, roam the countryside on horseback, on the run and lost... See full summary »

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Jacques Weber ...
Michel Boujenah ...
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Elvire
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Mathurine
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Charlotte
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Pierrot
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Jacques Frantz ...
Don Alonse
Pierre Gérard ...
Carlos
Arnaud Bedouët ...
La Violette
Philippe Khorsand ...
Monsieur Dimanche
Lucas Uranga ...
Ragotin
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Lucas
Claudia Gravy ...
Mère de Don Juan (as Claudia Gravi)
Xavier Thiam ...
La Ramée
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Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. A series of bloody wars has ravaged the nation. Don Juan the nobleman and his valet, Sganarelle, roam the countryside on horseback, on the run and lost. Don Juan promised to marry Donna Elvira and then forsook her. He is such a womanizer - when being saved by a fisherman from ship wreck, he causes two beautiful girls from the fishing village, Mathurine and Charlotte, fighting with each other to win his heart (and yet he never takes them seriously). Alonso and Don Carlos, Donna's brothers, are pursuing him like textbook medieval heroes bent on avenging the insult to their family's honor. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Le Festin De Pierre
15 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

In France ,every Moliere lover remembers the sixties MTV version featuring Michel Piccoli's memorable performance .The "modern" ending which broke with Molière's "hullabaloo" did not satisfy everybody though.Jacques Weber's ending is even more disturbing: Don Juan's screams turn into a whisper ;ditto for Sganarelle's last monologue ("Mes Gages!Mes Gages" ) : Michel Boujenah is begging near a church and he too murmurs .

Don Juan 1998 has a very low rating which is,IMHO,totally irrelevant.Unlike most of Molière's best plays,this one was perfectly suited to a cinematographic treatment since the action takes place by the sea,in a forest ...Weber's screenplay follows the play with some differences: Don Juan and Sganarelle are accompanied by a servant (?)whose role is completely pointless;the scene when Don Juan asks a poor man to swear if he wants a coin is not included. Don Juan and Sganarelle travel across a desolate Spain, in a world in ruin but which has forgotten it's in ruin.Don Juan's privileged vice,hypocrisy,makes him a rebel in a society where the higher clergy and the nobles rule ,thus not a totally negative character.An atheist whose biggest belief is that two and two is four.

The statue of the Commendatore (reduced to a large head ,plus a big hand in the final scene) on a boat at night displays Fellini's influence,particularly (what a coincidence!) "Fellini-Casanova"

An user wrote that Emmanuelle Béart was wasted: the part of Elvira consists of two or three scenes anyway.Béart is beautiful but I found her diction unsatisfying :she speaks too quickly,swallowing her words.


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