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Heath Ledger, Academy Award(R) nominee (Best Actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, 2005), stars in the scandalously funny adventure CASANOVA. After a lifetime of women falling head over heels in love with him, the world's legendary ladies' man (Ledger) meets the love of his life -- the one woman who thinks he's a total heel. Comic chaos ensues in a hilarious whirl of misadventures, disguises, and mistaken identities as the love-struck Casanova tries to win the heart of the fiery feminist who wants nothing to do with the man she thinks he is.
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OK, "Casanova" may not be Oscar material, but it's funny & charming, and a "real" love affair. (Of course - he IS Casanova, after all!) Unfortunately for him, the woman he falls for is a suffragette, & wants nothing to do with love. Especially if it's with a rouge with a bad reputation of seducing — then leaving — most of the women in Venice!
The movie is pretty easy to figure out, I.E. what's going to happen to each character, (except for a couple of scenes close to the end, they suprised & delighted me) but it's a fun movie, full of dry humor, and watching the hilarious antics of Casanova stumbling through the complications of loving the only woman who doesn't want anything to do with him...
I was pleasantly surprised that Heath Ledger played Casanova, as it wasn't quite his panache. But he dove into the role, adding his own wonderful style, and made the character his. Just those little flashes throughout the movie made me smile.
If you haven't seen it, you need too! It's a great "feel good" movie!
Next we're spectators in a trial of Casanove for fornication in a nunnery and hear him sentenced to be hanged at dawn. The Doge enters and informs the judge that his witness (Sister Beatrice) is the niece of the Cardinal who will be mightily upset at this scandale in his family, The doge places Casanove under his protection and the case is dismissed. As they walk outside along the arcade beside the Doge's plaice, he informs Casanove that he's banishing him from Venice for his own good. The only way he'll let him stay is if he finds a reputable woman of property and marries her. Thus begins the shopping for such a woman all over Venice, by Casanove and his man-servant, and his finally settling for the girl in the window across the canal from a family that is destined to play a huge role in life. Her father accepts Casanova's proposal, the young woman is smitten and can hardly wait.
But Casanova discovers he's engaged to the wrong young woman and falls head-over-heels for the young woman across the canal form his fiancee. He discovers that she is, in fact, Bernardo Guardi, the writer/heretic, who disguises herself as a man. She was, in fact, the lecturer in the Doge's palace when he jumped the canal and climbed into the lecture hall. In his/her writings she rails against such men as Casanova who seek pleasure with women, and are destined to be untrue.
How he manages a duel, finds that his love does NOT have a secret lover as rumored, how he survives a night at a Carnival ball with two women looking for him, how he elude the Pope's chief of the Inquisition (played masterfully by Jeremy Irons), wins his love and escapes another hanging. enliving the rest of the film. The only movie entirely filmed in Venice (in some of the most beautiful interiors in the world). this movie is gorgeous, sexy, and fun. The surprise ending leaves everybody but the Inquisitor very happy. A must see!
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Great date film.
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