I, Don Giovanni

Synopsis: A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his "Don Giovanni" opera.
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Director(s): Carlos Saura
Production: Edelweiss Production
  3 nominations.
127 min

Oh my God!

Don Giovanni!


I baptize you in the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Do you take the name

of Annamaria Conegliano?

This farce disgusts me.

Poor Jews forced to accept

a religion they don't belong to

so an old widower may marry

a young Christian girl.

Do you take the name

of Emanuele Conegliano?

Do you take the name

of Emanuele Conegliano?

Sig. Casanova, have you gone mad?

- Why?

- Don't cause an outrage, please!

Emanuele Conegliano, do you wish

to convert to Christianity?

That's Beatrice.

Beatrice was the muse

and great love of Dante,

whose poem "The Divine Comedy"

is one of the most peerless

creations of the human mind.

Yes, my son,

a genuine masterpiece.

Return to the altar

and you can visit my library

whenever you wish,

and study this magnificent book.

Do you take the name

of Lorenzo Da Ponte?

- Say:
"Yes, I do".

- Yes, I do.

I give you my name.

Are you aware

of what this blessing means?

You'll be called Lorenzo Da Ponte,

like me.

This name will open

all the doors of Venice to you.

I will help you prosper

in the bosom of the Church.

And perhaps, one day...

Lorenzo Da Ponte,

you will reach great heights.

Serf of the devil!

- Traitor!

- Rat!

- God will punish you!

- Death to this vile excrement!

- That's enough!

- May God curse you!

This man doesn't deserve

such despicable humiliation!

What have they done to you?

Did you mention my name?

Come with me.

Your hands are bloody,

Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Especially now that Barbarigo's thugs

are on the alert in Venice.

Have you gone mad,

going out like this?

That poor devil's

in the stocks because of me.

He printed your verses so he could

resell them at a high price.

One can be an idealist

and love risk-taking...

I can understand.

But it's not enough.

Danger must be avoided

if it puts one's life at risk.

One can be impetuous

and impassioned...

but not stupid.

That printer

could have cost you your life.

"'But tell me,

in the time of gentle sighs,

with what and in what way

did Love allow you

to recognize

your still uncertain longings?"

And she to me:

"There is no greater sorrow

than thinking back

on a happy time in misery

and this your teacher knows." '


can love...

transcend the barriers

of spirituality?

Do you mean physical love?


- He pesters me, Father.

- Who?

He molests me, persecutes me,

takes me to bed.

Your adoptive father?

Your Uncle Barbarigo,

head of the Holy Inquisition,

is not your real father,


Although you're

his adopted daughter,

you're free to choose

your lover.

You're in the bloom of youth,


I love you.

You're all I think about, Lorenzo.

I love you.

I can't sleep...

for thinking about you.

I want you, Francesca!

I want you, my love.

- Good morning, Your Excellency.

- Good morning, Marcello.

"In the time of gentle sighs..."


Your Excellency, Father Barbarigo.

What are you reading?

"Inferno", Canto V,

which describes the hellish

torments inflicted by lust.

"I learned that those

who undergo this torment

are damned because

they sinned within the flesh,

subjecting reason

to the rule of lust."

I'm sorry to interrupt

your lesson, dear Lorenzo...

but I must speak with you.

I have been trying

to flush out that blasphemer

who accuses the Holy Inquisition

of clouding minds

and setting Venice

on the road to ruin.

A cheap versemonger...

who scribbles satirical rhymes

quoting the heretical ideas

of Voltaire and Rousseau,

two French "Illuminati".

- Illuminists, Your Lordship.

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Carlos Saura

Carlos Saura Atarés (born 4 January 1932) is a Spanish film director, photographer and writer. His name, with those of Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, forms a triad of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers. He has a long and prolific career that spans over half a century. A great numbers of his films have won many international awards. Saura began his career in 1955 making documentaries shorts. He quickly gained international prominence when his first feature-length film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1960. Although he started filming as a neorealist, Saura quickly switched to films encoded with metaphors and symbolisms in order to get around the Spanish censors. In 1966, he was thrust into the international spotlight when his film La Caza won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. In the following years, he forged an international reputation for his cinematic treatment of emotional and spiritual responses to repressive political conditions. By the 1970s, Saura was the best known filmmaker working in Spain. His films employed complex narrative devices and were frequently controversial. He won Special Jury Awards for La Prima Angélica (1973) and Cría Cuervos (1975) in Cannes; and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 1979 for Mama Cumple 100 Años. In the 1980s, Saura was in the spotlight for his Flamenco trilogy – Bodas de Sangre, Carmen and El Amor Brujo. He continued to appear in worldwide competitions earning numerous awards, and received another two Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nominations, for Carmen (1983) and Tango (1998). His films are sophisticated expression of time and space fusing reality with fantasy, past with present and memory with hallucination. In the last two decades, Saura has concentrated on works uniting music, dance and images. more…

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