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Don Giovanni (1979)

Mozart's opera in lush sets: Don Giovanni, the infamous womanizer, kills Donna Anna's father. He is then chased by Donna Anna's fiancé, Don Ottavio, as well as Donna Elvira, one of his former conquests. But the real threat lies elsewhere.


Joseph Losey


Lorenzo da Ponte (libretto), Francis Savel (collaboration) (as Frantz Salieri) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruggero Raimondi ... Don Giovanni
John Macurdy ... The Commendatore
Edda Moser Edda Moser ... Donna Anna
Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa ... Donna Elvira
Kenneth Riegel Kenneth Riegel ... Don Ottavio
José van Dam José van Dam ... Leporello
Teresa Berganza Teresa Berganza ... Zerlina
Malcolm King Malcolm King ... Masetto
Eric Adjani Eric Adjani ... A Valet in Black
Roberto Del Lago Roberto Del Lago
Sandro Dal Pra Sandro Dal Pra
Cristina Fondi Cristina Fondi
Patrizia Murari Patrizia Murari
Cristina Nizzero Cristina Nizzero
Simonetta Noce Simonetta Noce


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>

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Director Joseph Losey once said of the budget and audience for this picture: "It's a big investment for a picture of this sort, where nobody knows the size of the audience. Of course, there is already a big opera public. But beyond that lies a huge audience of people who have never heard or seen an opera. They must be reached." See more »


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22 November 2007 | by aaron-497See all my reviews

I enjoyed it very much. I'm fairly new to the whole wide world of opera but this was very entertaining. But what do I really comment on? Mozart's work, or the movie adaptation of it? Mozart of course is incredible. I love the opening scene, the closing scene and pretty much everything in between. My biggest problem, and I assume that this is true with opera in general is that once I passed the point that I had reached in familiarity from listening to a recording of it, the music was lost to me. I paid more attention to the words and what was going on in the plot than the music.

As for the movie adaptation, aside from it being very strange to watch and listen to an opera written more than 200 years ago on my modern television, I found it enjoyable. Yes, the preceding comment is true that the expressions were exaggerated and more fit for a stage but I don't feel they were inappropriate either. As far as sets and costumes and quality, I have very little basis of comparison, as I have not seen it on stage, or any opera for that matter.

In short, I found it to be very good, though I'm probably one of the very few sixteen year olds who would agree with that.

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Release Date:

14 November 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mozart's Don Giovanni See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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