Io, Don Giovanni
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The backstage intrigue behind the creation of one of the world's great operas provides the story for this historical drama from director Carlos Saura. Lorenzo Da Ponte (Lorenzo Balducci) is a defrocked priest who, after a failed marriage and a spell running a brothel, has found himself in Vienna, where his gifts as a poet and friendship with Casanova (Tobias Moretti) have led to an introduction to composer Salieri (Ennio Fantastichini). Salieri has been commissioned by the Viennese court to write an opera and is in need of a lyricist. Da Ponte agrees to write the libretto for Salieri's… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mozart lovers will be intrigued but dissatisfied."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Operatic tale is Amadeus-lite."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"It's all terribly Masterpiece Theatre, slow and beautiful, only with more seduction scenes. The music, the costumes and the breathtaking cinematography (courtesy of Vittorio Storaro) will keep you happily engaged."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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