Don Giovanni seduces women, especially brides-to-be before their wedding day. His libertine trysts, however, soon catch up to him. A father attempts to save his daughter’s honor, a jealous fiancé is out to exact revenge, and a former lover does whatever it takes to save other women from her fate.
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Losey attempts to film the opera 'Don Giovanni' by opening up the locations, opulence and sets but winds up creating an ornate but static experience. The constantly moving characters distract from the vocalizations and the often poor lip synching distracts further. Often gorgeous to look at but the distractions make the film near eternal to watch.
The main problem of Joseph Losey's opera adaption is that the director seems to be more interested in the spectacular architectonical and scenic settings (Venice, the Veneto, the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza) than in his characters whose acting is sometimes very wooden (and who are definitely better when they are on the opera stage).
Glorious. I love all of Joseph Losey’s films (that I’ve seen). I even love Modesty Blaise and the wonderful Boom! Don Giovanni is Losey as the European auteur. Marvellous directing, set design, costumes and cinematography. I haven’t seen this for a long time and it was great to see it had aged so well. Terrific cast too.
A arquitetura veneziana do século XVI, o universo musical de Mozart do século XVIII e suas inspirações do texto espanhol e as técnicas de produção dos anos 70, tornaram-se pontos de encontro entre os personagens, o visual e as estratégias de roteirização em "Don Giovanni".
O que Joseph Losey oferece não é apenas uma ópera filmada, mas a obra de um cineasta que se coloca a serviço de uma ópera.