The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)


“Marriage is like a beleaguered city. Those that are out want to get in; those that are in want to get out.” – Don Juan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Don Juan returns to Seville after a long absence and seeks out a quiet life, but his reputation doesn’t allow for that.

My Take on it – This was a film that I have been curious to see for a while since I wanted to know more about the famous character of Don Juan.

This was also Douglas Fairbanks final on screen performance.

The story is set up well despite the fact that the production value at the time was quite low.

The film alludes to the kind of lifestyle that Don Juan has a reputation for and after an admirer of his is killed by a jealous husband, he begins to live a new life in secret since everyone believes him to be dead.

The film deals with the idea of whether age can affect someones ability to charm and about whether it is possible to be a lover of so many women, yet never actually feel true love.

The swashbuckling scenes are done well and that adds a bit of suspense to the way things play out.

It’s also great to see how one looks at his own life after everyone else assumes he is dead and can see what they really think of him and his reputation.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Don Juan was a real person named Miguel de Manara. In this movie, Douglas Fairbanks writes a note and signs it with that name. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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