DON GIOVANNI

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DON GIOVANNI

49.99

Carmelo Bene

1970  90 minutes  1.33:1  Italy

Editions: DVD PAL/Region: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player

Based on the short story "Le plus bel amour de Don Juan" by Jules-Amedee Barbey d'Aurevilly and Bene's own writings Don Giovanni is uniquely experimental as well as hailed as Bene's masterpiece. The movie features more of Bene's wild acting experiments.

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Italian Experimental Avant-Garde Cinema
 

Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. Will play on a computer.

Synopsis:

Based on the short story "Le plus bel amour de Don Juan" by Jules-Amedee Barbey d'Aurevilly and Bene's own writings Don Giovanni is uniquely experimental as well as hailed as Bene's masterpiece. The movie features more of Bene's wild acting experiments. Stagy sets are used here, the actors overacting in a method that wanders between expressionism and raw madness. A family scene suddenly has the couple banging on teacups or fussing over some little girls face for a few minutes, Don goes into an energetic acting fit that looks like epilepsy while wrapped in steel wire, there is dizzying camera work and fight scenes are chaos, all the while jarring sounds and an incongruous recitation run in the background. 

Reviews

DON GIOVANNI, a baroque and claustrophobic take on the incest episode of Mozart’s opera, features Bene as the eponymous Don, who spends much of the 72-minute running time crawling through a twisted heap of barbed wire. It follows the non-linear contours set by the earlier films, but new elements are introduced: a deliberately artificial stage-bound setting and a simultaneously eye-pleasing and off-putting color scheme utilizing splashes of red amidst near-bilious shades of orange. DON GIOVANNI is ultimately most significant as the jumping-off point for its creator’s drift away from the real-life settings and concerns of his previous films toward a hermetic arena of pure expressionism, a tendency that reached its apex in Bene’s next and most astonishing film.
— Fright

Cast and Credits

Director
Carmelo Bene

Writer
Taken from the short story "Le plus bel amour de Don Juan" by Jules-Amedee Barbey d'Aurevilly and Carmelo Bene

Producer
Carmello Bene

Cast
Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, and Vittorio Bodini

Cinematography
Mario Masini

Editing
Mauro Contini

Music
Carmelo Bene

Special Features

“Uno Contro tutti” tv show with Carmelo Bene
Interview with Lidia Mancinelli
Interview with Maurizio Costanzo
2 DVD box set
A fully illustrated bilingual booklet( Italian and English

Production: Italy – 1970, black and white and color
Running time: 90 minutes
Language: Italian and partial English
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1