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Don Juan

A Feature film by Jacques Weber

Produced by Blue Dahlia Production

Release in France : 18/03/1998

    Synopsis

    Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. A series of bloody wars has ravaged the nation. Don Juan the nobleman and his valet, Sganarelle, roam the countryside on horseback, on the run and lost. Don Juan promised to marry Donna Elvira and then forsook her. Now her brothers, Don Alonso and Don Carlos, are pursuing him like textbook medieval heroes, bent on avenging the insult to their family’s honour.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Blue Dahlia Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Tornasol Films, Mate Production, Road Movies Filmproduktion

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Editions Montparnasse

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    Subject

    Don Juan fights for his freedom; Sganarelle fights for survival. Don Juan fights for an idea; Sganarelle fights for his body, his belly and guts. This is why the confrontation between the two characters is so strong. There is no construction of a couple as there often is in the theatre, but the duo works because we clearly see the clash between two distinct individuals. I discussed the character a lot with Jacques and we agreed on simple things, such as letting the text speak for itself and not hijacking it for whatever purpose. Sganarelle’s down-to-earth good sense, his determination to survive, the fascination that Don Juan exerts on him, the valet’s wish to become his master’s equal ... all these elements are in the play and are part and parcel of the character. (Michel Boujenah - excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Gérard Jourd'hui

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Yves Asselin

    Director of Photography :

    José-Luis Alcaine

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Sound Editor :

    Mourad Louanchi

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Jacques Weber

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Weber

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Production Designer :

    Claude Lenoir

    Costume designer :

    Sylvie de Segonzac

    Still Photographers :

    Mathias Nieto, Sofia Moro, Ludovic Carem

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, Spain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Germany, Spain, France)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    18/03/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 44 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.732

    Visa issue date :

    19/03/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

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