Mozart: Don Giovanni

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Overview

Joseph Losey's 1979 film adaptation of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni adheres faithfully to the original Lorenzo Da Ponte libretto, with rakish Don Giovanni Ruggero Raimondi putting the make on the aristocratic Dona Anna Edda Moser. Giovanni's enemies warn him that he'll suffer mightily for his amorous escapades. And when the gates of hell open up on cue in the last act, and Don Giovanni is dragged screaming into perdition, it turns out those enemies were right.
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Overview

Joseph Losey's 1979 film adaptation of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni adheres faithfully to the original Lorenzo Da Ponte libretto, with rakish Don Giovanni Ruggero Raimondi putting the make on the aristocratic Dona Anna Edda Moser. Giovanni's enemies warn him that he'll suffer mightily for his amorous escapades. And when the gates of hell open up on cue in the last act, and Don Giovanni is dragged screaming into perdition, it turns out those enemies were right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • UPC: 887090048507
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,339

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ruggero Raimondi Don Giovanni
Kiri Te Kanawa Donna Elvira
Edda Moser Donna Anna
Teresa Berganza Zerlina
John Macurdy The Commander
Kenneth Riegel Don Ottavio
José van Dam Leporello
Malcolm King Masetto
Eric Adjani Valet in Black
Lorenzo Da Ponte
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director, Adaptation, Screenwriter
Reginald Beck Editor
Jean-Louis Ducarme Sound/Sound Designer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Patricia Losey Adaptation, Screenwriter
Lorin Maazel Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacques Maumont Sound/Sound Designer
Marthe Mikon Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Myers Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Nador Executive Producer
Renzo Rossellini Producer, Screenwriter
Frantz Salieri Adaptation, Screenwriter
Michel Seydoux Producer
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Don Giovanni
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [20:43]
3. Chapter 3 [26:59]
4. Chapter 4 [20:12]
5. Chapter 5 [23:36]
6. Chapter 6 [22:52]
7. Chapter 7 [22:04]
8. Chapter 8 [16:14]
9. Chapter 9 [23:34]
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Disc #1 -- Don Giovanni
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a waste except for Raimondi's Don

    Stick with the 1954 Salzburg film as this one's a waste of time for anyone who knows about opera. Except for Raimondi's excellent Don Giovanni, the other singers are average to poor, Maazel's conducting is pointless, and the camera is always in motion which is a distraction - which in this case might help. The 1954 film has a much better cast and a conductor who actually knows how to conduct. Siepi's Don is a legendary portrayal that is even better than Raimondi's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different but Good

    A worthwhile film version of the classic opera. You gain and lose some things. Gains include lush sets, good acting especially the Don and a powerful effect overall. The downside to me was that the darkness of the opera is lost in that many of the scenes are in daylight. Also, there is a bit of a stangeness to the singing almost overlaid to the film, a bit sureal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning.

    The young Kiri Te Kanawa is ravishing, especially in her "Mi Tradi ...." aria as she wafts out through the cloisters. The inclusion of a mute character who is not in the score adds a deliciously creepy air whenever he appears. The catalogue aria, going for miles down the steps of the Veneto villa, is a masterpiece. The Don is malevolence at its best. Malcolm King is just such hunky eye-candy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    I disagree with the other reviews. This is a superb dramatic adaptation of the opera. With a single exception, the acting is understated and excellent. Even if Raimondi, Van Dam, Moser, Macurdy and Te Kanawa couldn't sing -- and they sing fabulously -- they'd all still be great actors. It is true that there are one or two odd things about the movie, but the change to the Veneto surroundings adds a wonderful mysterious quality that fits perfectly with the ambiguous nature of the opera. If you didn't get to see the great Zefferelli production at the Met, and the great casts that sang in it, this is the closest you'll come to watching a fabulous performance. (The 1954 movie had some great singers. The sound is terrible, sometimes inaudible, and the acting is so outdated that it is distracting and laughable.) This movie is a great performance.

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