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Masterpiece: Casanova 1 Season 2006

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The legendary lover CASANOVA romances his way across eighteenth-century Europe. From PBS and MASTERPIECE.

Starring:
Rose Byrne, David Tennant

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1. Masterpiece: Casanova (Part One)

From PBS and Masterpiece: Part One of Masterpiece's rollicking retelling of the life of Casanova.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes Release date: October 8, 2006
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2. Masterpiece: Casanova (Part Two)

From PBS and Masterpiece: Part Two of of Masterpiece's rollicking retelling of the life of Casanova.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes Release date: October 15, 2006
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I purchased this because I had heard this is where David Tennant was really discovered. He was marvelous. The storyline was a lot deeper than I anticipated, since I knew Casanova as the naughty boy of Italy. The plot framing device with Peter O'Toole as older Casanova looking back at his life and recounting his stories to a newly hired chamber maid was used to explore the meaning of life and love. Richard T. Davies did a fantastic job making Casanova a wonderful, loveable character.

The only reason I didn't give it four stars: PBS edited this in some places. I watched multiple interviews with Tennant talking about various scenes that simply don't exist in this version. I would much prefer Amazon to post original BBC versions of things.
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Great movie with lots of humor and some drama. David Tennant was of course fantastic. This is the cut American version which is much more censored than the BBC version but it great none the less. I'm sure it isn't historically accurate but it is entertaining.
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I love David Tennant so watching this was a no brainer. It was a real treat to see Peter O'Toole as well since I'm a long time fan. Rose Byrne was lovely as always. The inclusion of people of color in the cast without reference to historical logic or accuracy was delightful and unexpected. They simply cast as they chose regardless of color. The costumes were rather artsy and not remotely historically accurate. Similarly the plot runs over history with a HumVee then backs up to make sure that any pesky facts that might be lingering are well and truly dead. DON'T use this film to write your Casanova research paper. Tennant as Casanova is a stretch. He's charming and lovely in everything he does, but he's just not right for the role of Casanova in my mind. I chose to watch this film as if it were an extended alternate universe of Doctor Who. It played much better that way. Enjoy!
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"Casanova" is brilliantly acted and scripted; at times, it's cheeky and hilarious; it's touching and heartbreaking; it's dramatic. It's got action and humor and romance and (of course) David Tennant, who I would have never envisioned as the title character, but who was absolutely delightful, and very convincing, as the charming Casanova himself. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this production. Highly recommended.
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"Casanova" is a handsomely mounted production from 2006 for Masterpiece Theater written by British TV maverick Russell T. Davies. When I heard that he was reviving the Casanova legend with David Tennant in the leading role, I felt like the series would opt for a decidedly more comic approach. And, indeed, I was correct. Tennant, an old favorite from projects like "Viva Blackpool" and "Dr. Who," takes on the role of young Casanova. It's an energetic, humorous performance. But while Tennant is an engaging comedic talent, I never envisioned that this quirky and clumsy Casanova was simply irresistible to women. This is not a slight on Tennant, but a remark on the way the character is written. Peter O'Toole (RIP), one of our finest actors, portrays the elder Casanova reflecting on his life and times. It's always great to see O'Toole, but his is a largely thankless role setting up the narrative device of the film.

I enjoyed a lot of "Casanova." Much of it is played in the over-the-top, frenetic style of the original "Tom Jones." Tennant is amusing throughout, but his dialogue and actions are singularly modern. He even breaks the fourth wall on several occasions and mugs for the camera. Played as this slapstick comedy, "Casanova" is largely successful. Don't expect, however, to gain insight into the characters or the actual history of Casanova. We're largely in sitcom territory.

My biggest problem with "Casanova" is when it tries to get serious. These shifts in tone can be jarring, at best. The central romance with Henrietta, the driving force behind Casanova's motivations, is never well established. We are supposed to accept it at face value, but the script never earns our commitment or involvement with this relationship.
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This show is a rom-com without the demeaning women part of crying about their woeful existence without a man; David Tennant/ Peter O'Toole provided that view. I did like the women having agency while still pining for their lost love Casanova, the multi-cultural cast also gave the show a more realistic feel. This show and performance is why Russell T. Davies made David Tennant's Dr. Who a more tragic/romantic character; he wanted a Casanova to travel through time and space.
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First let me start by saying I love all things British so it doesn't surprise me that I would love this show as well. Especially since it happens to have one of my favorite Doctors(David Tennant) starring as the titled character and witty writing that can always be relied upon by writers from across the pond. If you're looking to be entertained and engaged then I recommend this mini series.
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Peter O'Toole and David are brilliant at Giacamo Cassanova -- sexy, puppy dog sweet, and romantically heart arching. This production is surprisingly modern and funny at times and beautiful to the eye. Would have given it five stars except that some of the later scenes are a bit hard to stomach when Cassanova realizes the error of his ways. Will watch again!
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