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I Borgia

Don Giovanni e Lucrezia

(Don Juan)

1926, regia di Alan Crosland


Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Warner Bros. - Distribuzione: Warner Bros. - Soggetto: dal testo di Lord Byron - Sceneggiatura: Walter Anthony, Maude Fulton, Bess Meredyth - Montaggio: Eraldo Da Roma - Fotografia: Byron Haskin - Montaggio: Harold McCord - Musiche: William Axt, David Mendoza - Formato: B.N., muto - Durata: 167'.

Cast: John Barrymore, Estelle Taylor, Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Montagu Love, Josef Swickard, Willard Louis, Nigel De Brulier, Hedda Hopper, Myrna Loy, Mary Astor.


Trama e commenti: - «Imprese erotiche e peripezie avventurose alla corte italiana dei Borgia Cesare (W. Oland) e Lucrezia (E. Taylor) del celebre avventuriero, che si fa incantare dalla pura bellezza di M. Astor. Divertente cappa e spada Warner Bros con J. Barrymore che spadroneggia in una bella compagnia di attori. è famoso come il primo film muto proiettato in pubblico (agosto 1926) con accompagnamento musicale registrato su dischi (Vitaphone). Con Il cantante di jazz (1927), diretto dallo stesso Crosland, aprì la via al cinema sonoro».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - «Historically important as the first film to carry a Vitaphone sound track (consisting of music and sound effects, but no dialogue) Don Juan is a first-rate production by any standards, and would have been just as good with or without musical accompaniment. John Barrymore plays the legendary lover Don Juan, raised by his cynical father (also played by Barrymore) to "love 'em and leave 'em", and to never trust any woman. All of this changes when he meets the beautiful Adriana Della Varnese (Mary Astor). When it seems that Adriana has betrayed him in favor of a wealthy marriage to the lecherous Count Donati (Montague Love), Don Juan renounces her and returns to his rakish ways. What he doesn't know is that Adriana is a political pawn, who has been forced into an alliance with Donati by the calculating Borgias (Estelle Taylor and Noah Beery Sr.). By the time Don Juan finds out that his true love is still true, he has been tossed in prison for killing Donati in a spectacular duel. He breaks out, rescues Adriana from the Borgias' torture chamber, and escapes with his beloved to the safety of Spain. The plot is, of course, more complicated than that, but so fascinating is John Barrymore's performance that it's difficult to concentrate on anything else. The film's highlights include the out-sized duel between Barrymore and Montagu Love, capped by Barrymore's spectacular leap from the top of a huge staircase, and the torture chamber sequences, wherein Barrymore sneaks past the Borgia guards by assuming the facial characteristics of fiendish torturer Gustav von Seyfertitz--and this without makeup. "In the know" film historians may read a lot more into the Barrymore/Mary Astor love scenes than is readily apparent, forearmed as they are with the knowledge that John and Mary had once been passionate lovers offscreen. Scenarist Bess Meredyth used the Lord Byron poem Don Juan as a mere stepping stone for this imaginative, exquisitely filmed romantic adventure» (Hal Erickson).

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