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Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

A Feature film by Joseph Losey

Produced by Gaumont, Camera One

Release in France : 14/11/1979

    Synopsis

    The exploits of Don Giovanni are renowned the world over, his seduction of ladies across the continent – young and old, ugly and beautiful, rich and poor alike (anything in a skirt really) - constituting an impressive tally (2065 at the last count), one that is dutifully noted and recorded by his valet Leporello (José van Dam). On one particular night however, Don Giovanni (Ruggero Raimondi) takes his libertine ways a little too far, slipping into the room of Donna Anna (Edda Moser) for an attempted seduction, but in his haste to remain anonymous and beat a hasty retreat, he kills her father, Il Commendatore (John Macurdy), who has arrived to defend her honour. Donna Anna is devastated by what has occurred and calls on her fiancé Don Ottavio (Kenneth Riegel), in the manner of any good dramatic opera, to avenge his blood.

    They’ll have to move quickly to keep up with Don Giovanni however, who has quickly moved on to his next conquest – a young peasant girl named Zerlina (Teresa Berganza), who he rakishly intends to seduce on the eve of her marriage to Masetto (Malcolm King). They find an ally however in the form of Donna Elvira (Kiri Te Kanawa), another woman who has fallen victim to his charms only to be immediately abandoned after their wedding.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Gaumont, Camera One

    Foreign production companies :

    Janus Film Und Fersehen, Opera Film Produzione

    French distribution :

    Gaumont

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gaumont

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    International releases (2)

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    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producers :

    Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Nicolas Seydoux, Michel Seydoux

    Authors of original work :

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte

    Screenwriters :

    Joseph Losey, Patricia Losey

    Director of Photography :

    Gerry Fisher

    Sound Assistant :

    Jean-Paul Mugel

    Editor :

    Reginald Beck

    Production Designer :

    Alexandre Trauner

    Artistic Director :

    Alexandre Trauner

    Assistant directors :

    Inigo Lezzi, Jean-Michel Lacor

    Line Producer :

    Robert Nador

    Foreign producers :

    Klaus Hellwig, Renzo Rossellini

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Ducarme

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Saint-Blancat

    Sound editor :

    Michèle Neny

    Compositor :

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sound Mixer :

    Jacques Maumont

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Opera

    Themes :

    Music

    Production language :

    Italian

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1979

    French release :

    14/11/1979

    Runtime :

    3 h 6 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    49862

    Visa issue date :

    22/10/1979

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1980)

    Selection (4)

    Best Editing : Reginald Beck

    Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner

    Best Director : Joseph Losey

    Best Film

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1980

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1980)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Editing : Reginald Beck

    César Award for Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner