Don Giovanni (1979 film)

Don Giovanni (1979 Film)

Don Giovanni (1979 film)

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<!-- FAIR USE of Don Giovanni 1979 film.JPG: see image description page at Giovanni 1979 film.JPG for rationale -->Don Giovanni is a 1979 film adaptation of Mozart's classic opera Don Giovanni, based on the Don Juan legend of a seducer, destroyed by his excesses. The film has generally been praised as one of the finer adaptations of opera to the big screen. The movie was re-released on DVD in 2008.

Plot summary

In the opera, the action supposedly takes place in Spain, but Mozart's librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte wrote in Italian, and this film successfully uses locations in Vicenza (Basilica Palladiana, Villa Rotonda and Teatro Olimpico), Venice and the Veneto.

The following plot summary could equally be applied to the original opera. After an unsuccessful attempt to seduce Donna Anna (soprano Edda Moser), Don Giovanni (baritone Ruggero Raimondi) kills her father Il Commendatore (bass John Macurdy). The next morning, Giovanni meets Donna Elvira (soprano Kiri Te Kanawa), a woman he previously seduced and abandoned. Later, Giovanni happens upon the preparations for a peasant wedding and tries to seduce the bride-to-be Zerlina (mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza), but his ambition is frustrated by Donna Elvira.

Donna Anna soon realizes that Giovanni killed her father, and she pursues the seducer along with her fiance Don Ottavio (tenor Kenneth Riegel). Ever ready to attempt a seduction, Giovanni woos Elvira's maid. As part of his plans, he...
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