Casanova 2005 R CC

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The story of the legendary lover and his exploits with women.

Starring:
Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Casanova

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Director Lasse Hallström
Starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller
Supporting actors Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt, Lena Olin, Omid Djalili, Stephen Greif, Ken Stott, Helen McCrory, Leigh Lawson, Tim McInnerny, Charlie Cox, Natalie Dormer, Philip Davis, Paddy Ward, Ben Moor, Adelmo Togliani, Lidia Biondi, Eugene Simon, Robert Levine
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This movie is fun, funny, sexy, and great!
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Apart from the costumes, sets, and music it bears very little resemblance to historical reality.
Marshall Lord
I was completely surprised at how good this movie is and you will be too.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2006
Format: DVD
If you're old enough to have seen the "Carry On" movies the first time around, or have watched them on DVD on "oldies night", (don't worry, we're not going to ask your age) you'll see the resemblance to this funny take on the world's greatest lover. Slapstick, double entendres and misunderstandings abound, as Heath Ledger tries to fill the trousers of the legendary lothario without getting a broken back in the process.

It takes place in 1753 in Venice, a time when no woman is safe from the charms of Casanova, not even those confined to the convent. Luckily for him he has friends in the right places and escapes being strung up for debauchery (a big word which in the movie means that he shakes a lot of bedsprings without the benefit of a marriage license)

After going one conquest too far, his friend the Doge insists that Casanova get married ASAP, or face exile from Venice. Exile is not a possibility, as we learn early in the movie that he has a very good reason for sticking around, so marriage it is, and the lady to whom he pledges his troth is not only a virgin, but extremely willing to be wed. In a classic case of bad timing, he then meets the one woman worthy of his affection, and she turns out to be a cross-dressing (but only when necessary to prove a point) feminist writer who hates every bone in his body. She unfortunately is betrothed to a corpulent but very wealthy lard merchant (Oliver Platt) whom she has never set eyes on before, the union having being arranged by her late father as an insurance policy for the family fortune.

If you're still with me after all that, things get even more complicated when Jeremy Irons shows up as Inquisitor Pucci, out for the bewigged head of Casanova as a gift for the hangman's noose.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on March 6, 2006
Format: DVD
This is the first of Hallstrom's films that I've seen, and I gather it's by no means typical of his recent work. However, I found it immensely entertaining. It bears little reference to the Chevalier de Seingalt's life, but once you've got over that (ideally before you see it) it is highly enjoyable. The imaginative and brilliant photography of a Venice peopled with the colourful characters and costumes of the ridotto in the city's heyday makes the film worth seeing for that alone. Venice should always look this good; its inhabitants should always wear the costume of this period.

Then the acting is good and plausible. I spent some time trying to work out who it was that Heath Ledger reminded me of, and eventually realised that it was Russell Crowe, not so much in looks as something about his manner. Jeremy Irons is hilarious and others well up to par. The film was well-paced, building to a comic finale.

I think the great point is to grasp that the whole thing was clearly conceived as a sort of Commedia dell'Arte, knockabout farce with very little sex but plenty of misunderstandings, mistaken identities and laugh-out-loud moments. And, of course, love. I thought it was made in very much the manner that operas like The Marriage of Figaro or The Barber of Seville would have been conceived and performed in when they first came out - in fact it shed new light on those for me.

Not a great film - it's a bit too slight for that - but a good, well-made, highly enjoyable romp.
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Format: DVD
I don't know why--but when I think of the escapades of Casanova told in a comedic vein, I often reference "Tom Jones." That book and film concern a similarly bawdy hero, and yet his misadventures are told in a lusty and unapologetic way. This "Casanova" wishes us to accept the character and then just as easily dismiss his sexual antics. A few minutes into the pictures, he spies his true love and a monogamous romantic comedy begins. It's having your cake and eating it too--and a film that is meant to be a romp waters itself down for universal appeal.

Some of the humor plays unevenly is this sweetened "Casanova." For a film as toothless as this, scenes of the Inquisition and torture played frivolously seem out of place. Other films have handled these serious matters comedically and successfully, but here they're light and inconsequential. And when we learn that Casanova has deflowered all the novitiates at a nunnery, the scene is more tasteless than humorous. But more than that, it seems at odds with the character as he is later developed--the one-woman Casanova. I just had a hard time buying it--I'll take the romp or I'll take the romance, it's the combination that failed to work.

Heath Ledger as Casanova is fine, though I missed some of the requisite personality that would have every woman dying to be his conquest. Sienna Miller has a thankless role of a very modern woman, but is appealing enough. I love when she puts on a mustache and glasses and instantly passes for a man (she learned the intricate art of costuming from the similarly successful Clark Kent). Oliver Platt is his patented buffoon character, but is amusing as always.

It's not the cast or the technical aspects of the film that are bothersome--it's pretty and well made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ping Lim on October 7, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is simply rich and sumptuous to look at. To these days, I can never comprehend why movies of substance are always spoken in English theatre accent particularly when this particular movie is set in Venice. That aside, Heath Ledger seems to be enjoying himself playing the title role after Brokeback Mountain, and what contrasting movies they are. Sienna Miller is simply brilliant as the head-strong, independent feminist whose character despises and abhors towards the reputation of Casanova but who in the end, would succumb to his sincerity and charm, and the one woman who would tie Casanova down to a monogamous relationships. Oliver Platt is hillarious as the fiance of Siena's character but who in the end would fall in love with her mother instead; need we say anymore about Jeremy Irons and Lena Olin who are also tremendous in their portrayal of the Vaticans authority that is to bring Casanova to "justice" and Sienna's character's mother who wish for her daughter's marriage to the prince of Genoa to offset the family's mounting debt; and then, there are also Casanova's loyal sidekick, Sienna's character's younger brother who is infatuated with his neighbour's daughter and who, on the other hand is totally obsessed with Casanova. The whole cat and mouse chase and of Casanova needing to be ahead of everyone else before he gets caught is what made this movie so pleasurable and funny to watch. I thoroughly enjoy this movie and would recommend all matured viewers to share the experience.
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