) is a Warner Brothers
film, directed by Alan Crosland
. It was the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone
sound effects and musical soundtrack
, though it has no spoken dialogue. The production, which premiered in New York City on August 6, 1926, stars John Barrymore
as the hand-kissing womanizer (the number of kisses in the film set a record).
If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family
consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and their evil cousin Count Donati.
Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tiber.