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Don Juan (1998)

Arnaud Bedouët , Michel Boujenah  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Arnaud Bedouët, Michel Boujenah, Nieves Bravo, Emmanuelle Béart, Pedro Casablanc
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008FPIKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Actor Jacques Weber made his directorial debut with this film adaptation of Moliere’s 1665 play Don Juan. In early 17th-century Spain, the nobleman Don Juan (Weber) and his valet are on the run from two brothers out to seek revenge for the abandonment of his promise to marry their sister, Elvire (Emmanuelle Béart). With no signs of repentance, Don Juan continues his amorous conquests with women he meets along the way (Penélope Cruz, Ariadna Gil) regardless of the consequences.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Few stories about libertines have fared as well as the perennial favorite Don Juan: Mozart was inspired to write 'Don Giovanni', George Bernard Shaw penned 'Don Juan in Hell", Baudelaire wrote a play also called 'Don Juan in Hell', Jeremy Leven adapted the tale for his film 'Don Juan di Marco' for Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp - the list is nearly endless. But few adaptations of Moliere's original 1665 play have been as successful in revealing the inner man of the infamous lothario as Jacques Weber's DON JUAN. And the result is a revelation.

Jacques Weber not only carefully adapted the Moliere play, he also directs and stars (as Don Juan) in this cinema verita version. No dawdling with the feminine conquests here, this Don Juan is a may on the run, trying to avoid retribution for the scandals he causes. Weber is older, white haired, rotund, and in general does not have the physical appearance one would expect from the man who could conquer the hearts of thousands of women. This crystallizes the amoral life and mind of a man who cares for nothing except self-gratification at the expense of others. He does not believe in God, In the heaven/hell concept, he really doesn't think beyond lust and domination.

Accompanying Don Juan on his travels is his loyal servant Sganarelle (Michel Boujenah), the character who Mozart named Leparello, who does not condone his master's behavior and is constantly warning him of the inevitable outcome of his lifestyle. As the film opens Don Juan and Sganarelle, accompanied by an entourage of gentlemen, are on the run from the wrath of the brother of his last conquest Elvire (Emmanuelle Béart).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD not anamorphic February 2, 2009
Buyer beware: the DVD is not anamorphic widescreen. Shame on Koch Lorber for such a shoddy transfer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don Juan ruined by star and director January 13, 2010
I looked forward to seeing this French film but after about 20 minutes of it, I was bored despite the beautiful presence of Penelope Cruz who sounds great in French (her first foreign language) as she does in her native Spanish. What ruined it for me was that Don Juan was played by Jacques Weber, who's too old and ugly to pass for a Casanova which woman fall for. There are so many more handsome European actors that could've been more convincing like Olivier Martinez, Antonio Banderas and even Cruz's current beau, Javier Badem. Outside of Cruz, Emmanuelle Beart is also sensational!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle February 16, 2007
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When I firsts read Moliere's DON JUAN thirty or forty years ago, I never thought I'd live to see it performed. Everything about it seemed to harsh, and the humor -- after all it was called a comedy, and written by one of the world's best comic playwrights -- the humor was cold, cruel and rather ugly. I thought it brilliant, and I could see how da Ponte'd made a libretto for Mozart out of it mostly by just translating it into Italian. But I simply couldn't imagine it on the stage.

Weber's adaptation is very close to the original, in that it is absolutely without sentiment. After all, this is a tale about an atheist and a cynic. Weber doesn't bow to convention or conventionalized religious belief, which is, after all, basic hypocracy, but maintains Moliere's taught line of suspended judgement. This is a story everybody a the time would have understood immediately, and they did: It is the story of an unprincipaled nobleman, sensitive to nobody's feelings but his own, who uses and abuses his lessers for his amusement. Sexual pleasure is included in that, because to a man of that temperament, sex is only a matter of romantic game-playing, and more literary than glandular.

Don Juan is probably a military man, or at least has had the military and martial arts training noble young men received, along with their social manners. His swordsmanship, skill and bravery make him a very formidable and probably deadly adversary. His manner; which is to say, his mananers and deportment, his clothing; everything about him bespeaks rank and caste and position. He is a leader, an 'A' male, and he commands and receives deference wherever he goes, from people accustomed to giving it. He expects hospitality as his right, and simple people feel honored by his presence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't even have to be handsome... December 28, 2005
I confess that at first I had a hard time figuring out who is Don Juan and who is the servant. I could not believe that the world's greatest womanizer would be portrayed as a fat middle-aged man with greasy gray hair. I guess he owes his popularity amoung women to his brazen attitude and his wealth. Physically is NOT attractive.

My favorite sequence is the village party. It is as if a painting came to life. The vivid colors and the vibrant music really indulge your senses.
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