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    Don Giovanni

    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    April 1, 2012


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    Don Giovanni

    Directed by Carmelo Bene. With Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Gea Marotta
    Italy 1971, 35mm, b/w and color, 73 min. Italian with English subtitles
    Although this Don Giovanni includes snippets of the music from Mozart’s opera of the same name, the film is not a staging of the opera but rather a radical re-working of the Don Juan legend. After a prologue that alludes to the many conquests of Don Juan, the rest of the film...

    Directed by Carmelo Bene. With Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Gea Marotta
    Italy 1971, 35mm, b/w and color, 73 min. Italian with English subtitles
    Although this Don Giovanni includes snippets of the music from Mozart’s opera of the same name, the film is not a staging of the opera but rather a radical re-working of the Don Juan legend. After a prologue that alludes to the many conquests of Don Juan, the rest of the film concentrates on a peculiar kind of love triangle, in which the mother of a young girl competes with the Don for her daughter’s attention. Bene’s Don Giovanni could be considered a “queer” film, mounting as it does a satiric attack on several of the institutions of modern sexuality: binary gender difference, the nuclear family, the machismo of male sexual prowess, and the Oedipal complex itself.


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    Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
    24 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Admission Info:

    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.


    General Day and Time Info:

    5pm


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