Douglas Fairbanks Sr. makes his big-screen swan song with Korda’s deliciously satiric deflation of the Don Juan myth. After having faked his own death and escaped Seville, the aging lothario returns, only to find that he has been forgotten; perhaps Merle Oberon’s beauty can coax him back.
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Fairbanks’ best film is his last one, in which he plays a subversion of his screen persona as the aging, ridiculed Don Juan…this film is subtle, witty, and lightly farcical, much like a Lubitsch picture, but with a crueler edge.
Definitely the funniest of the Korda Private Lives box set from Criterion's Eclipse series. Don Juan was wonderfully risque and ribald. I didn't think Fairbanks would be fun to watch (no real grounds for this assumption, honestly) but he nailed the aging Don Juan role. His verbal jabs with Leporello were hilarious.