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Mozart: (Juan) Don Giovanni (Christopher Maltman) (Axiom Films: AXM644) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Christopher Maltman (Juan)
  • Directors: Kasper Holten
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0097BJCXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

MOZART
DON GIOVANNI (JUAN)

The debut feature film of leading opera director Kasper Holten, DON GIOVANNI retells Mozarts classical masterpiece as a story of the modern man's escape from himself and his demons.

Juan is a famous artist and notorious playboy, thanks to his ability to become just what any woman dreams of. He turns his own life into a megalomanic work of art, playing the game of seduction like no other, driven by a manic restlessness that pushes him forward through an endless stream of conquests, betrayals, sex and eventually murder, with death lurking as the only possible outcome.

A portrayal of male sexuality in the 21st century, taken to the extreme, DON GIOVANNI reveals how the blessing of an endless appetite for life and a will to conquer the world, might in reality turn out to be the self-destruction.

A truly unique filmed version of Mozarts famous opera - an intense, vibrant and energetic take on a timeless drama, shot on location in Budapest, Hungary. Every scene and every single detail has been adapted so that it fully exploits the film medias great power to create emotional presence, making use of the full visual vocabulary of modern cinema, following such unorthodox inspirational sources as The Bourne Trilogy and Traffic, while at the same time maintaining the exceptional live experience of opera, since the actors really sing on set.

Directed by leading opera director Kasper Holten, current Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

DVD bonus features: Exclusive interviews with director Kasper Holten and star Christopher Maltman, stills gallery and trailers.

Review

"Holten has created a film that treats the opera with the respectful kind of disrespect that leaves the work's core intact. And the performances are mostly riveting." ****

--Geoff Brown, The Times

"Racy, glamorous, colloquial, gripping, full of risk… certain to entice anyone with a taste for bold adventure. Given his (Kasper Holten) deep knowledge and love of opera, you know that whatever he does you're in safe hands."

----Fiona Maddocks, Classical Music Critic, The Observer

"A pacey drama complete with sexy escapades, a car chase and hospital scenes. Funnily enough it all sorts of works." Performance **** Recording **** Extras ***

--BBC Music Magazine, Christmas'12

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 14 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Imagine Don Giovanni as The Killing and that, in short, is Kasper Holten's racy pacy adaptation of Mozart's dramma giocoso (now available on DVD from Axiom Films). Featuring an irrepressibly sexy Christopher Maltman and a police chief Commendatore, Juan makes a spirited virtue of Da Ponte's often-episodic libretto. The film's message, however, is ultimately bleaker than the original.

Filmed in Budapest, with the look and lick of a police drama, Juan is liberal with the original text. Christopher Maltman has a hand in the aptly crude translation, though this clearly isn't meant to be a authentic musical experience (albeit very well played by Concerto Copenhagen). Recits are delivered in Sprechstimme whispers, while arias are either cut or delivered as 'in the character's head' commentaries on the action. Truthfully, Holten hasn't quite cracked how to reconcile naturalistic on-screen drama with the stagey nature of this particular piece, but as an attempt to inject televisual urgency into opera, it's highly appealing.

Maltman's Juan is a party boy with a sideline in dodgy art. Inhabiting a cavernous warehouse in one of Budapest's backstreets, he presents one of the most charming Dons you'll meet. He also looks terrific (and there's a lot of nudity). Leporello is a foul-mouthed East European (played by Mikhail Petrenko), even more begrudging of his role than Da Ponte's hapless cove. Rail he might against Juan's behaviour, but there are a lot of fickle people about.

Maria Bengtsson's Anna is no meek victim (though she batters her eyelids faultlessly). Lying in a witness report about how her father died, she then tries to reach Juan on the phone. Who can blame her when Ottavio is just another wet politico (Peter Lodahl)?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Clarke on 8 April 2013
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Kasper Holten's vision of a FILM of Don Giovanni makes a fascinating combination of music and a modern film noir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary-Jane Halnan on 29 Dec 2012
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Brilliant adaptation - it has everything you could want from a film and an opera! It's modern but really keeps to the essence of Mozart.
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By Sir Petey on 21 Jun 2014
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This is a seriously truncated version of Mozart's great opera and Kasper Holten is on a directors 'trip'. Maltman is super in the lead role when he is allowed and Futral as Elvira is well cast too. The rest is below par. An interesting modern perspective ...which works well in places .... but please don't do it at the expense of W.A. Mozart's great music ..... Mr. Holten it's about the music !!
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