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Flynn's creative partnerships with top action directors Michael Curtiz and Raoul Walsh were history. Vincent Sherman lacked their finesse and gusto, but he ably steers the actor past self-parody to a reasonably graceful performance. On the commentary track, Sherman (who died in 2006 at age 99) recollects that only once did Flynn arrive on set the worse for alcoholic wear; Flynn couldn't stand, so the director reblocked the scene with Don Juan seated while his bête noire, the Duke de Lorca (Robert Douglas in the Basil Rathbone part), strode around him deploying insults and rapier flicks. It's the best scene in the film.
For latterday viewers, the real excitement is the vivid Technicolor. Part of the reason is that cinematographer Woody Bredell, who shot such pungent noirs as The Killers and Phantom Lady, lit the movie as though he were still working that black-and-white territory. The effulgent hues of the Oscar-winning costumes reinforce the effect. In a footnote to a footnote, the film was edited by Alan Crosland Jr., whose father directed the landmark 1926 silent Don Juan--and that film's action climax on an outsized palace staircase is echoed here. --Richard T. Jameson
All time classic...Errol Flynn at his handsome/flirtatious best!!!Published 1 month ago by Robert e. Lee jr.
Not Errol Flynn's best, but fun and the musical score was worth the price. Great service, a fair price and I would use the vendor again.Published 3 months ago by michael g.
Anything with Errol Flynn is awesome!! Swashbuckling is awesome. Actors nowadays could learn a thing or two from watching his movies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by goofy22
A true classic. The story of Don Juan couldn't have been more perfect for Errol Flynn, if it had been written specifically for him, and Errol Flynn was the perfect choice for the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T.T.
Great movie glad I was able to addn it to my collection.Published 6 months ago by Kenneth W. Simmons