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This was supposed to be the Break Through first major sound film . It was well received, but there was no spoken dialoge and audiences were still puzzled, as to will sound work? The great Al Jolson broke the barrier when he ad libed the scenes in the Jazz Singer. Don Juan is an amazing film. the sets .the acting . John Barrymore in his prime, the beautiful Mary Astor. the action scenes. A classic. Always been an Errol Flynn fan, and enjoy his version of Do Juan, but there is no comparison.
One of the All-Time Silent Greats!
Make yourself comfortable, because you're going to want to see very second. This sumptuously filmed melodrama starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor is quintessential 1920's fare. Yes, Mary Astor achieved screen immortality long before "Key Largo" -- why is that a surprise to so many? -- and here you can see why. Her delicately-chiseled face and quietly nuanced manner will win you over. There is nothing overdone about her silent silhouette, unlike, so many silent actresses who couldn't stop overacting. Credit the film director for that. This is an immensely entertaining, swashbuckling yarn. By the way: Barrymore is Barrymore; I strongly disagree with a reviewer who thinks he copied Valentino's smoldering screen personae...Barrymore did not need to borrow from anyone. Highly recommended!
A GOOD CAST..........A GOOD MOVIE
- Michael Steven
THIS FILM HAS A BIT OF IMPORTANCE,HISTORICALLY SPEAKING.THIS WAS THE FIRST "OFFICIAL" RELEASE OF A FILM WITH A SOUND EFFECTS SOUNDTRACK,COURTESY OF VITAPHONE.IT HAD ALSO BEEN ABOUT A YEAR SINCE JOHN BARRYMORE"S LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE OF "HAMLET",AT THE HAYMARKET IN LONDON.BARRYMORE & MARY ASTOR,HAD BEEN SEEING EACH OTHER FOR SOME TIME.HE WANTED HER TO PERFORM WITH HIM IN "HAMLET",BUT MARY'S FATHER WOULDN'T HAVE ANY OF THAT.THIS EFFECTIVELY ENDED THEIR RELATIONSHIP.YOU WOULDN'T THINK ANYTHING WAS GOING WRONG WHEN YOU SEE THIS FILM.IT'S ALMOST HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SAME MARY ASTOR,THAT YOU'D LATER ON SEE IN"THE MALTESE FALCON",BUT IT IS.SHE'S FRIGHTFULLY ATTRACTIVE IN THIS FILM.THE WIG THAT JACK WEARS IN THIS MOVIE............I'LL PASS.HIS PERFORMANCE IS GREAT,IF NOT ABOVE & BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.A STORY I HEARD YEARS AGO WAS THAT BARRYMORE JOKINGLY SAID THAT IF FAIRBANKS(DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS),COULD DO HIS OWN STUNT WORK,SO CAN I.A REALLY GOOD CAST AS WELL...WARNER OLAND,ESTELLE TAYLOR,MONTAGUE LOVE.BY 1927,THE SILENT ERA WAS BEGINNING TO DRAW TO A CLOSE,& THINGS WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN IN HOLLYWOOD.THIS IS A GOOD ,FUN,ENJOYABLE FILM.CHECK IT OUT SOMETIME.
John Barrymore is excellent in this version of Don Juan. However, the influence of Rudolph Valentino, who died in August, 1926, is very evident. Barrymore borrowed Valentino's mannerisms, mimicking (but not quite achieving) Valentino's sexual intensity, the way he kisses his leading ladies, his swagger and stance, and the way he wears his cape, exposing one shoulder (straight from "Son of the Sheik" and "Blood and Sand", both Valentino films). Mary Astor is delicate, sweet and charming, qualities you may not be aware of if you have only seen her in "The Maltese Falcon". Estelle Taylor, wife of Jack Dempsey, is wonderful as the man-hungry and vindictive Lucretia Borgia. As is the case in most of Barrymore's films, they shoot him mostly in profile, because this is his best angle. Very much worth seeing.
- Mark Sutch
This is one of the best silent films in Cinima history. The story is better than any other Don Jaun film I've seen. It's amazing how this is not on DVD, because it's an amazing movie. John Barrymore is dashing and wonderful. Great action adventure movie.