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Don Juan

1926 1h 51m Adventure List
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The famous playboy Don Juan (John Barrymore) grows up believing women only lead a man to ruin, and therefore spends his days treating them as conquests. When the duplicitous Lucrezia Borgia (Estelle Taylor) attempts to ensnare Don Juan, and he rebuffs her advances in order to pursue the virtuous and innocent Adriana della Varnese (Mary Astor), Lucrezia plots to ruin Don Juan's budding true love by threatening Adriana's father and manipulating Don Juan toward committing murder. Read More Read Less
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Robert E. Sherwood LIFE Much of this merit is traceable to good direction by Alan Crosland, and to the efforts of a generally good cast. Oct 6, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The first in which music and sound effects were integrated into the film action. Rated: B- Aug 30, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 18, 2005 Full Review Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette Rated: 4/5 Jan 14, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Excellent silent actioner with synchronized score and the great Barrymore. Rated: 4/5 Nov 26, 2003 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press The movies have gone a long way in portraying Iechers. Barrymore is a plain old lecherous lecher. Today we have Jack Lemmon -- a lecher with the face of a Boy Scout. Nov 20, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The best thrilling romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Yes, this was the first movie made with a synchronised music score (and some sound effects), but it is much more that that! It is wondrous and spectacular entertainment with brilliant performances and magical camerawork.The irony of this film is that by 1926 camera work is able to help make the the sword fight and the horseback battle two very exciting sequences because the Vitaphone soundtrack was not tightly synchronized to the action on screen. Once the synchronized speech phase of sound on film began, such mobile action films as these would not be possible for awhile. Highly recommended, it's just too bad it is not available on DVD. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member John Barrymore is just the dreamiest, and such a fantastic actor.This movie is a swashbuckling scamporama! Nothing but fun from start to finish. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This is probably my favorite silent film of all time. It has everything- romance, comedy, drama, action, plus a beautiful romantic couple in John Barrymore and Mary Astor. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member love classics like these! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Cool film, it has nothing to do with the usual Don Juan (no statue coming out of hell, no killing of the father, no vengeance, and the Borgias as guest stars, ho, and a happy ending). The film has its moments some of the girls are cute, the action scenes are a bit dated but still lot of fun, there are a few love triangle moments that are tasty. Unfortunately, it is waaay too long, many scenes are totally useless, the plot starts well but soon loses any form of interest and many things are too over the top to be even fun. The only thing that really makes the film worth it is John Barrymore himself. True, he jumps a bit too much for his own good but he is often wonderful. In particular, at one point he takes the place of a sorcerer and manages somehow to change his own face so much that I could hardly recognize him. After a while he goes back to his normal face, no make up, just the magic of the actor. Paradoxically this type of joyful overacting is somewhat fresh when compared to the constant stone-faced acting we have nowadays. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The famous playboy Don Juan (John Barrymore) grows up believing women only lead a man to ruin, and therefore spends his days treating them as conquests. When the duplicitous Lucrezia Borgia (Estelle Taylor) attempts to ensnare Don Juan, and he rebuffs her advances in order to pursue the virtuous and innocent Adriana della Varnese (Mary Astor), Lucrezia plots to ruin Don Juan's budding true love by threatening Adriana's father and manipulating Don Juan toward committing murder.
Director
Alan Crosland
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Adventure
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 51m
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