• United Kingdom
  • 1934
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

Douglas Fairbanks Sr. makes his big-screen swan song with Korda’s deliciously satiric deflation of the Don Juan myth. After having faked his own death and escaped Seville, the aging lothario returns, only to find that he has been promptly forgotten; perhaps Merle Oberon’s raven-haired beauty can coax him back into business. Don Juan was a rare “talkie” for Fairbanks, and a shrewd poking at the actor’s own persona.

Cast

Credits

DirectorAlexander Korda
Story and dialogueFrederick Lonsdale and Lajos Biro
Based on the play L’homme à la rose by Henri Bataille
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
EditingStephen Harrison
SettingsVincent Korda
Special effectsNed Mann
Musical compositionsErnest Toch
Musical directionMuir Matheson
CostumesOliver Messel

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda’s Private Lives

By Michael Koresky May 13, 2009

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII: GRAND DESIGNS Alexander Korda’s oeuvre is often characterized as larger-than-life, undoubtedly in part because the figures he was attracted to—kings and queens, . . . Read more »

Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: OF KINGS AND QUEENS

May 27, 2009

Critics writing about our new Eclipse Series 16, Alexander Korda’s Private Lives, seem to have felt compelled to pick their favorites—and, interestingly, they run the gamut. Turner Classic . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda’s Private Lives

By Michael Koresky May 13, 2009

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII: GRAND DESIGNS Alexander Korda’s oeuvre is often characterized as larger-than-life, undoubtedly in part because the figures he was attracted to—kings and queens, . . . Read more »

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