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Don Giovanni (1979)

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:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

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

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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
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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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Trivia

This filmed adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' was made and released about four years after Ingmar Bergman's filmed adaption of Mozart's The Magic Flute (1975) and about five years before Amadeus (1984). See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: The Babysitter (2003) See more »

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Sumptuous and dramatic version of the wonderful, complex opera
23 March 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I don't think I can add to what has been said(and so well) already but I will try my best. This is my favourite version of Don Giovanni, both sumptuous and dramatic and does justice to a wonderful, complex opera that is quite possibly Mozart's most complex and dramatic.

The music is just wonderful. From the dark and dramatic overture, to the champagne aria to the duet between Giovanni and Donna Elvira and of course the final scene with the Commendatore which here was superbly done, it is a choc-a-block of some of the finest music in opera history.

Joseph Losey's direction is well handled and secure and isn't overwhelmed by the complexity of the story. And of course this version is sumptuously filmed, with exquisite costumes, settings and scenery, undoubtedly one of the most gorgeously filmed film operas to be put on film.

And the performances are excellent, with a superb Ruggero Raimondi, making Giovanni handsome, graceful and charming, yet sinister, devilish and seductive, and a genuinely imposing John Macurdy as the Commendatore. Jose Van Dam stays true to Mozart's concept of Leporello, Edda Mosser is a lovely Donna Anna, Kiri TeKanawa is a fiery Donna Elvira and Teresa Berganza is an adorable Zerlina.

Overall, wonderful, sumptuous, complex and dramatic. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

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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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,519
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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