Don Giovanni (1979)

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Joseph Losey's 1979 film adaptation of the Mozart opera +Don Giovanni adheres faithfully to the original Lorenzo Da Ponte libretto, with rakish Don Giovanni (Ruggero Raimondi) putting the make on the aristocratic Dona Anna (Edda Moser). Giovanni's enemies warn him that he'll suffer mightily for his amorous escapades. And when the gates of hell open up on cue in the last act, and Don Giovanni is dragged screaming into perdition, it turns out those enemies were right.

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The visual context is ravishing, with a lighting scheme that builds from the understated and naturalistic to shocking contrasts of black and white. Meanwhile, the camera moves with a preternatural grace.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

If you had a choice between hearing the opera live and seeing the film, you should insist on doing both.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

A nearly great adaptation of Mozart's greatest opera.

Jan 23, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If Losey was indeed jazzed about the material, he has an awfully restrained way of showing it.

Jan 15, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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