The latest film by one of Spain's most eclectic renowed film directors, the book examines the story of the famous librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte through backstage asides and scenes from the film.
Imaginative screenplay resulting in a fairy-tale-like creation about Mozart’s great librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838) who becomes the alter ego of libertine Don Giovanni in the film by Carlos Saura. Da Ponte was expelled from Venice, where he gambled and womanized, on account of his dissolute lifestyle. He thus arrived in Vienna where he wrote his famous librettos for many of Mozart’s operas, including the ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Così fan Tutte’. Images, music and words have resulted in a musical film, a great adventure, for which Carlos Saura decided to create an artificial world. It may not relate the whole life of the librettist but certainly succeeds in capturing its force and poetry.