Casanova 2005 R CC

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(111) IMDb 6.5/10
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The story of the legendary lover and his exploits with women.

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt
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 Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt
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
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie is fun, funny, sexy, and great!
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I think the previews for this movie wernt made well, because they didnt make me want to see it but I watched it anyway and loved it!!
Heather
The film is vastly amusing starting slowly but coming to a grand crescendo.
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37 of 40 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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15 of 16 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Pizarro on April 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Casanova is an enjoyable film. Alot of fun and very entertaining. Everyone involved are terrific. I love Heath Ledger as Casanova. I think its so great that he has two very different movies out on dvd ( Brokeback Mountain & Casanova ) that showcase his talents and versatility. I enjoy him in light farce just as much as in drama. Casanova is a delight to add to Mr.Ledger's filmography and definitely to all Heath Ledger admirers, such as myself. :)
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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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