Director(s): Kasper Holten
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 5.8 out of 10 (116 votes)
The successful artist and playboy Juan is a notorious seducer of women, through his ability to be just what a woman dreams of Charming, charismatic, strong, sensitive, sexual. Driven by a restless urge to conquer new women, use them, and throw them away, he has hired his friend Leporello to help create a masterpiece A filmed database of all the women whose dreams Juan has shattered. We follow Juan and Leporello through 24 compressed hours. Juan seduces the young upper-class girl Anna, but ends up accidentally killing her father, a powerful police commissioner. The two friends run away, but Juans constant need to seduce new women keeps interrupting their flight. As the police gains in on them, Juan also steals the young bride Zerlina from her groom Masetto, and soon a feverish manhunt is on for Juan.
sarastro7 (22 May 2013)
I am not terribly familiar with Don Giovanni (although I know some ofthe tunes), which may be part of the reason that "Juan" did not impressme. I'll admit the live voices gave the film an admirable authenticity,and several of the main actors were very good (esp. Juan himself), butbesides this I only have criticisms.Any modern, present-day setting of a classic opera is a huge gamble. Itworks when the director really knows what he's doing and has theartistic chops to pull it off, but sadly this one doesn't quite. Heseems more interested in the modernized staging than in emphasizing themusic. And most catastrophically, he introduces profanity into one ofthe highest human art forms. It then becomes a tasteless pandering toan extremely low common denominator, bordering on reality-TV. Perhapsit is an attempt to attract new audiences, but personally I find itwrongheaded. High art is about beauty and truth, and base profanitybelongs in the gutter; it is not worth preserving for posterity in afull-scale original film production. I know many will find my viewpuritanical, but for me it's a question of beauty over ugliness.Profanity promotes and maintains negative emotions and has nonoteworthy redeeming qualities. It certainly does not belong in opera.Even at 105 minutes, I found this very altered and abridged versionlong enough to be tiresome, and I have no desire to watch it again.My rating: 6 stars out of 10.
hurstlacey (21 May 2013)
This is a bold interpretation of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with modernsettings (Budapest) and modern language(English, cause we have the bestswear words!)including profanity, and even a smattering of nudity andviolence. The singers, all international stars, are young, slim andattractive. They do not lip sync, but sing live on location, so thereis an immediacy to their performances. I was lucky enough to see the USpremiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival, even before theDanish premiers. The director explained at the festival Q&A thecomplicated process of recording the singers live to give the movieit's "real" feel, and it works.
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