The Private Life of Don Juan

1934

Comedy / Romance

180
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 440

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Elsa Lanchester as Hendrickje Stoffels
Merle Oberon as Miss Hutchinson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by David-240 7 / 10 / 10

Sadly ironic finale for the great Fairbanks.

In one scene Melville Cooper says to Douglas Fairbanks: "Leave off while they still think of you as you were ten years ago". It is a sad moment that you feel must have rung true for the two actors. The great Fairbanks, a movie legend, hadn't worked for two years. His famous marriage to Mary Pickford was at an end. And he was ageing, at 51 he could no longer fill the film with his trademark stunts - though he still climbs a mean rope ladder. Korda, perhaps cruelly, makes Don Juan a rather pathetic character - living off his legend rather than any real charm or beauty. Once he allows the public to believe he is dead, the real Don Juan can't even seduce a kitchen maid, and the only offer he receives is from an old lady - in a scene beautifully played by Fairbanks. When he stands on a stage and declares that he is Don Juan he is met with gales of laughter. You can't help thinking that Fairbanks might have met the same reaction had he stood before a crowd and declared himself to be Douglas Fairbanks. The film itself is actually pretty good - splendidly staged if a little clumsy in pace. And Merle Oberon is ravishingly beautiful. Fairbanks, like Don Juan, seems tired - ready for retirement. The spark re-ignites briefly in some scenes, but the overall feeling is one of defeat. Within five years Fairbanks would be dead having never worked again. As the film concludes, with Don Juan finally succumbing to marriage, and therefore retirement, we get the impression that he won't live much longer either. A god has been brought to earth. A flame extinguished.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10 / 10

Will The Real Don Juan Stand Up Or Stand Out?

In Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s memoirs, he and his father decided in 1933 to go over to Great Britain together for work. Fairbanks the younger wasn't satisfied with his film career at Warner Brothers and his father was falling head over heels with the British Lady Sylvia Ashley. She became his third and last wife. Doug Jr. said that they bonded while there closer than they did while he was a child. Doug Jr. did a bunch of films and some stage work in London, his best known film in his British period was Catherine the Great with Elizabeth Bergner. Doug, Sr. did this one film, The Private Life of Don Juan and it's as tailor made a farewell to the screen as The Shootist was for John Wayne. We all of us get older and even such sex symbols as Don Juan does. He's wearying of the life and I suspect has not the stamina any more for what he was known for. When rumor goes around he's been killed finally by an irate husband, Fairbanks decides with his faithful man Friday, Leporello, played by Melville Cooper to take a long needed rest. The problem comes when he decides to make a comeback and no one believes this 51 year old man is the real Don Juan. Fairbanks was 51 when he made The Private Life of Don Juan and he did look pretty good for a 51 year old man. At least I didn't look as good when I hit that age. What will the outcome be for the aged Lothario? For that you'll have to see the film and I will say that Alexander Korda provided a nice bevy of British beauties for Fairbanks to choose from. Such beautiful and talented folks as Merle Oberon, Benita Hume, Binnie Barnes, and Diana Napier all vie for Fairbanks's attention at one point in the film. Best in the film however is Athene Seyler and her proposition to Fairbanks. Her scene with him is a delight. I don't know if Fairbanks had it in his head that The Private Life of Don Juan would be his farewell picture. It needn't have been, his speaking voice registered well for sound and by 1934 he wasn't overacting as many of his silent contemporaries did and ruined their careers thereby. But The Private Life of Don Juan was perfect as a farewell performance for a man who was an American icon in his day, as much as John Wayne was in his.

Reviewed by theowinthrop 9 / 10 / 10

Love Takes A Holiday - And Grows Up A Little

After making four relatively minor films as sound movies, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. concluded his career with a good film. No ROBIN HOOD or THE BLACK PIRATE perhaps, but THE PRIVATE LIFE OF DON JUAN managed to give a coda to his career as screen presence, by giving him the role of a legendary lover who discovers that age catches up with legends. Made in England by Alexander Korda, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF DON JUAN was one of a series of "historical" dramas and biographies (here a pseudo-biography) by Korda that would include Henry VIII, Rembrandt, and Catherine the Great as subjects. As a result, the cast includes such Korda familiar faces as his wife Merle Oberon and Binnie Barnes. Fairbanks' Don Juan is over fifty, but still exuberant, and still a master of seduction. However his wise valet Leporello (Melville Cooper in a nicely phrased performance) is getting tired (after decades of such work) of helping extricate his master from various sexual escapades. Perhaps they were more tolerable when Juan was twenty or thirty, or even forty, but a middle-aged man of fifty should settle down. Years earlier Juan had married (legally) Dona Dolores (Benita Hume - later, in real life, Mrs. Ronald Colman). Hume wants him to come to his senses and return to her - she's aware he is not the romantic hero of the age anymore. Cooper is aware of this and soon is working with Hume to manipulate Fairbanks into growing up. A chance helps them. A young fool is going around Seville pretending to be Juan, and steals into the house of Juan to learn the master's secrets. He also steals some personal items of Juan, and soon afterward is caught in the house of a young married woman by her husband (Gibson Gowland - "McTeague" in Von Stroheim's GREED), who reluctantly challenges him to a duel. Gowland is reluctant because Don Juan's reputation is a class A fencer. However the impostor is not as good, and is run through. News spreads that the great lover has been finally killed by a cuckolded husband. Gowland's popularity shoots up, and the women in Seville go into morning. Fairbanks is initially going to straighten out the issue, but is "convinced" by Cooper to take advantage of it to get away and have a vacation. He decides to do that, pretending he is a retired sea captain and going to a sea port. Here he soon is pursuing his old interests, but he finds that the young woman he "attracted" wants him to assist her in contacting her real boyfriend (she thinks Fairbanks is a wise old man who can help her). Similarly, when he approaches Binnie Barnes, the maid in the inn, she's willing - if he buys her really nice presents of jewelry (he gives her some in disgust!). The inn-keeper (about five or six years older than Fairbanks) offers him a chance for marriage. He is now thoroughly tired of the vacation, and returns home. But everyone thinks he is dead - he can't convince anyone he is not dead. He sees a play about his life in a theater and interrupts (a situation like that of Baron Von Munchausen in the 1989 movie). But everyone there, including Gowland and Oberon - a former lover - refuse to acknowledge this old man as the great dead man. He is laughed off the stage. But Cooper is there to guide him to Hume, and the film ends with Fairbanks realizing that Hume expects him to be as passionate and expert as a lover - and will never laugh at him like the others. Fairbanks happily accepts the final situation with relief. It was a marvelous performance, showing Douglas Fairbanks at his best, in all but youthful vigor. It gave him a final film of stature to end with. Maybe he could have continued into good character roles, but as he to end somewhere, this film was a good place to end.

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