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PAL/Region 0. From legendary Italian director Federico Fellini comes this bawdy, grandiloquent tale of the world's greatest lover. Donald Sutherland stars as an aging seducer hungrily scouring the opulent boudoirs of eighteenth-century Venice in an attempt to satisfy his insatiable sexual appetite. With lush widescreen cinematography, sumptuous studio sets, and lavish costumes (Oscar winner Best Costume design), this vision of the life of a philandering dilettante remains one of Fellini's great cinematic spectacles. *Please note you will need an All Code DVD player to view. 2005.
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After the cursed encounter with his mother, the last 27 minutes of the picture become increasingly depressing. Casanova takes up residence in several wild, dysfunctional Northern European courts in Germany, Norway and Sweden. In the process, he becomes a man who is mocked, derided, and disrespected. Despite his many amorous encounters and occasional romantic relationships, he ends up old and alone, with only his fantasies; in particular the fantasy of Rosalba, the anatomically-correct real-life size female doll. Rosalba represents the return of the repressed, elucidating Casanova's obsession with sex as sport; he pays the price for choosing the sensual life over the intellectual life. The connection between Casanova's cruel, unloving mother, and the mechanical doll, is obvious: Rosalba is Casanova's mother (the two of actually them resemble each other). The end of this film is both sad and creepy; the lesson here, in Casanova's case, is "be careful what you wish for". The strange and haunting score was composed by Fellini's longtime collaborator, maestro Nino Rota; it features an abundance of minor keys and mournful, melancholy melodies with a generous garnish of whimsy.
Stephen C. Bird, Author of "Any Resemblance To A Coincidence Is Accidental"
my interest. Two years later I sank into the Swedish legend of THE VIRGIN SPRING. 1960
and LA DOLCE VITA also introduced me to a quirky Italian whose work I've followed ever since.
Federico Fellini's CASANOVA, perhaps his strangest film, languished in limbo since blue-ray came in and film companies abandoned catalog DVD. However, since they also
loved additional revenue sources, just about every company instituted "made on demand" releases:
quality releases, just with no frills.
FELLINI'S CASANOVA has recently shown up; and if you're a Fellini fan I recommend adding
it to your film shelf. It wasn't one of his top releases, but it certainly is his
strangest. Donald Sutherland (Donald Sutherland???) plays the randy wanderer who considers his body his brush and the women of the world his canvas. Seductions abound,
there is a rather sad sexual coupling contest; in the end Casanova is left to dance,
alone, with one of his automata.
Quality production values, enhanced by Nino Rota's haunting score.
WARNING: this is a voyage into a strange, curious and sad world. It is also a macabre
essay on fame, and how we mindlessly screw our lives up.
Be sure to watch Casanova perilously sailing a sea of wind-toss'd plastic trash bags.
Only Fellini could get away with this.