New Meetup: I, Don Giovanni

From: Alain B.
Sent on: Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:18 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Washington International and Independent Cinema!

What: I, Don Giovanni

When: Monday, April 19,[masked]:00 PM

Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

I, Don Giovanni
Spain, Italy, 2009, 120 minutes, Color, film's website

A delicacy for opera devotees, the latest musical film from veteran Spanish director Carlos Saura (Blood Wedding, Carmen) goes backstage in 18th-century Vienna as "Don Giovanni" is written and rehearsed. Mozart and Salieri both feature in the story, but the central character is a lesser known figure: Lorenzo da Ponte, the opera's librettist. I, Don Giovanni lightly fictionalizes this period in the life of da Ponte, a Catholic priest and libertine who spent his later years in New York. Director and co-writer Saura proposes that da Ponte based his interpretation of Don Juan largely on his own amours, which were among the reasons the writer was banished from his native Venice. Taking inspiration from opera productions, the director jumbles fact and fantasy and alternates between actual locations and painted backdrops. From misty canals to steamy boudoirs, the film's appearance is sumptuous. And the music?s pretty good, too.

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