The Private Life of Don Juan

Synopsis: What do women want? Don Juan is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a 20 year absence. His wife Dolores, whom he hasn't lived with in five years, still loves him. He refuses to see her; he fears the life of a husband. She has bought his debts and will remand him to jail for two years if he won't come to her. Meanwhile, an impostor is climbing the balconies of Seville claiming to be Don Juan. When a jealous husband kills him, the real Don Juan sees a way to avoid jail and get some peace. He hides as Captain Mariano in a small town. After six months, he's ready to return to society: can he measure up to the legend, will women find him attractive, and what about Doña Dolores?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Alexander Korda
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 win & 1 nomination.
89 min


[ Clears Throat ]

- Ahh.

- Ahh.

- Mmm.

- Mmm.

- Ahh.

- Ahh.

- Mmm.

- Well, Doctor?

- What's your age, Don Juan?

- How did you find the lungs?


And what's your age, Don Juan?

- What about the heart?

- Splendid.

- And what did you say was your age, Don Juan?

- How is the general condition, Doctor?

After what you have said about your age,

you're a miracle of youth, Don Juan -

an enviable constitution

in perfect health.

But I told you the symptoms.

There surely must be something wrong with me.

Aren't you going to give me

any prescription?

I shall.

A very important prescription.

Don't climb more

than one balcony a day.

- I don't.

- Last night you climbed at least 10 .

Since I arrived in Seville yesterday afternoon

I haven't moved from this house.

One balcony a day.

Then slowly reduce that

to four balconies a week.

Then reduce that again

to two balconies a week.

And in about 15 years -

Well, there won't be any more balconies.

Then you can come

and consult me again.

How much do I owe you?

Nothing, if it can be made known

that you have consulted me.

Three ducats

if I have to keep it a secret.


The streets are full of women!

Flowers again.


Eighty-nine letters.

And at 6:
00 yesterday evening, disguised,

unknown to anyone, we brought him to town.

And in a few hours all Seville knows he's here.

Which of you gave him away?

- Did I not give you my word?

- And did I not?

Then how in heaven's name

did they discover it?


What did the doctor say?

Oh, he said I'd eaten something

that disagreed with me.

- Passing indigestion.

- That's good news.

But I have bad news for you, Don Juan -

The whole town knows you're here.

Dolores! She followed us!

I knew she would!

- Oh, how I hate that woman.

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Henry Bataille

Félix-Henri Bataille (4 April 1872 in Nîmes – 2 March 1922 in Rueil-Malmaison) was a French dramatist and poet. His works were popular between 1900 and the start of World War I. Bataille's parents died when he was young. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian to study painting, but started writing when he was 14. Henry wrote plays and poems, but after the success of his second play, La Lépreuse, he became a playwright exclusively. Bataille's early works explored the effects of passion on human motivation and how stifling the social conventions of the times could be. For example, Maman Colibri, is about a middle-aged woman's affair with a younger man. Later, Bataille would gravitate towards the theater of ideas and social drama. Bataille was also a theorist of subconscious motivation. While he did not use his theories in most of his own works, he influenced later playwrights such as Jean-Jacques Bernard and the "school of silence". more…

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