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Don Juan (1926)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 19 February 1927 (USA)
In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

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Complete credited cast:
... Donna Isobel
... Leandro
... Cesare Borgia
... Lucrezia Borgia
... Count Giano Donati (as Montague Love)
... Duke Della Varnese (as Joseph Swickard)
... Pedrillo
... Marchese Rinaldo
... Marchesia Rinaldo
... Mai - Lady in Waiting
... Adriana della Varnese
... Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana
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If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and the Count Donati. Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tigre. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Scientific Marvel VITAPHONE Presentation FAMED OPERATIC AND MUSICAL ARTISTS...and JOHN BARRYMORE in "DON JUAN" (original poster) See more »

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Adventure | Romance

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Passed
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19 February 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don Juan - Der große Liebhaber  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$546,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,924,149, 31 December 1927
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(Turner library print)

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(Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Don Juan plants 191 kisses on various females during the course of the film, an average of one every 53 seconds. See more »

Goofs

This story is set during the reign of HH Alexander VI (1492-1503); however, it features very prominently the present day Basilica of Saint Peter, whose building started during the reign of HH Julius II (1503-1513), and which was not finished until the 17th century. See more »

Quotes

Lucrezia Borgia: Your freedom shall be a gift from me - if you are capable of appreciating it.
Don Juan de Marana: I prefer the scaffold, Madame - it is less dangerous.
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Edited into Some of the Greatest (1955) See more »

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Not only film history, but also film magic!
30 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Yes, this was the first movie made with a synchronised music score (and some sound effects), but it is much more that that! It is wondrous and spectacular entertainment with brilliant performances and magical camerawork. Like all great silent films there are very few titles because the actors tell the story without words. And what actors they are! John Barrymore is dashing as Don Juan, but he also gives the man great emotional depth - and the scene where he transforms his face while masquerading as a villain reveals not just talent but genius! Remember how he turned from Jekyll to Hyde with no make-up in the 1920 film? He does a similar thing here.

But where would Don Juan be without beautiful women? And here we have three of the most beautiful women ever to grace the scene. Estelle Taylor as Lucrezia Borgia - beautiful but deadly. Mary Astor - bewitchingly young and charmingly innocent. Myrna Loy - exotic and evil, and exquisite!

And the camerawork is superlative. The sword fight and the horseback battle are two of the most excitingly filmed sequences I have ever seen. And the music score is excellent.

This is a wonderful movie.

And who was that incredible actor playing the jealous husband who goes mad? Never seen such brilliant mad acting!


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