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Writers:
Molière (play)
Jacques Weber (writer)
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Release Date:
18 March 1998 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. A series of bloody wars has ravaged the nation. Don Juan the nobleman and his valet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent portrayal of Don Juan as a dirty old man See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jacques Weber ... Don Juan
Michel Boujenah ... Sganarelle

Emmanuelle Béart ... Elvire

Penélope Cruz ... Mathurine

Ariadna Gil ... Charlotte

Denis Lavant ... Pierrot

Michael Lonsdale ... Don Luis
Jacques Frantz ... Don Alonse
Pierre Gérard ... Carlos
Arnaud Bedouët ... La Violette
Philippe Khorsand ... Monsieur Dimanche
Lucas Uranga ... Ragotin

Pedro Casablanc ... Lucas
Claudia Gravy ... Mère de Don Juan (as Claudia Gravi)
Xavier Thiam ... La Ramée
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Gusman
Juan Ramón García ... Le Pauvre
Alicia Hermida ... Mère supérieure
Farid Fatmi ... Ouvrier statue
Nieves Bravo ... Grosse femme
António Gomez ... Jeune baroudeur
Rafael Nogueira ... Vieux baroudeur
Ricardo Cruz ... Cavalier de Don Alonse
Ignacio Carreño ... Cavalier de Don Alonse
Joaquín Olías ... Cavalier de Don Alonse (as Joaquin Olivas)
Patrice Cossoneau ... Cavalier de Don Alonse
Pascal Madura ... Cavalier de Don Alonse

Directed by
Jacques Weber 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Molière  play "Dom Juan ou le festin de pierre"
Jacques Weber  writer

Produced by
Gérard Jourd'hui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
 
Production Design by
Claude Lenoir 
 
Costume Design by
Sylvie de Segonzac 
 
Makeup Department
Susana Sánchez .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Yves Asselin .... production manager
Yousaf Bokhari .... unit production manager
Carmen Sánchez .... unit manager
Nuria Velasco .... second assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Halpine .... first assistant director
Javier Petit .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Stunts
Barbara Dupont .... assistant stunt coordinator
Hernan Ortiz .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Parra .... electrician
 
Music Department
Paul Lavergne .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Cecilia Maric .... production coordinator
Claudia Montero .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Excellent portrayal of Don Juan as a dirty old man, 2 December 2007
Author: perspectiveoffice from United States

Aged lothario rides around Spain ogling young girls and drinking: Jacques Weber channels an aged Marlon Brando (at least in looks). His long wild hair, irreverent perspective on life, and degenerate old-aged girth (what a paunch!) give him (as Don Juan) the quintessential dirty old man look.

This is not the classic Don Juan, but portrays what Don Juan would be in his mid 50's -- an aging, fat, would-be lothario.

The movie is clearly the self-indulgent fantasy of Jacques Weber, who rides around on an absolutely splendid horse that is trained with all the classic horse-skills of Spanish riding. (I enjoyed watching the horse as much as anything in the movie!) He encapsulates the essence of an aged playboy wandering around the Spanish countryside trying to have flings with 20-year old girls. His nobleman father (who looks younger than Don Juan does and in fact has a far more grandiose lifestyle!) heartily disapproves. The movie is a biting satire of several very sad and real segments of society.

Don Juan himself degenerates into drink, eating too much, and an occasional swordfight. Over time he admits learns that the "worthy" honesty of being a playboy is less valued in society than stark hypocrisy. Although he gives in briefly to such hypocrisy (mostly to avoid a creditor), he never submits for very long.

He lives "well" (although mostly as a wandering vagrant) until his sudden dying day. Meanwhile his devoted and ostensibly devout servant (who lives vicariously through his master's excesses), becomes a beggar immediately upon Don Juan's death. Apparently, the moral is that the wages of pure devotion is beggardom, once your master dies.

There is liberal jabs at religious zeal, with the servant being the mouthpiece for an endless stream of confused religious aphorisms and trite sayings, which Don Juan ridicules.

This is anything but a Puritan moral story. It is an extremely real and penetrating glimpse into the soul of middle and old aged dirty old men, and as such is exactly right. It is a French film, and therefore portrays the human condition far more realistically than any American film could.

Did I see my own father (himself a middle/old-aged lothario) and many older men I know in Jacques Weber's Don Juan? You bet. In fact, my father saw himself accurately portrayed in the film, and he himself enjoyed it immensely for that reason.

This is a unique film in that regard, and is likely to be enjoyed more by those who have lived life well and love the intricacies of the human condition.

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