Don Juan (1926)

Terrific. Don Juan is probably most remembered now (by those who bother to do so) as the first feature film to incorporate a Vitaphone soundtrack, though it was a music-and-effects only affair rather than a talker; but aside from that particular accident of history, it’s well worth remembering on its own terms as a great example of the old-style swashbuckler, with the World’s Greatest Lover up against the diabolical machinations of the Borgias, inescapably old-fashioned but lots of fun. And it’s a complete star vehicle for John Barrymore, whou would end up one of the more infamous casualties of the new technical era that the film’s Vitaphone accompaniment presaged.

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