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The Italian adventurer and libertine Giovanni Jacopo Casanova lived from 1725 to 1798, but in this six-part series Dennis Potter attempted to find a contemporary relevance through his central themes of sex and religion. He commented that Casanova "was concerned with religious and sexual freedom, and these are the things we have to address ourselves to now." Casanova was imprisoned in Venice in 1755, and Potter used that event as a central device, constantly inter-cutting to contrast Casanova's amorous escapades, radiant, joyful and brightly lit, with his oppressive solitary confinement in the gloom of a half-darkened cell. Written by
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This was shown on KCET (LA's PBS affiliate) in the early Eighties. The production values and acting were excellent. I have part of it on tape. I loved this series on a lot of levels and wish that it was available on DVD or VHS.
Frank Finlay was outstanding in the title role. If you get the chance, watch this miniseries. It explores the sacred and profane, censorship and societal mores. It also follows the exploits of a sensualist scoundrel. Casanova may have been a sexual sociopath, but he had panache!
it was considered risque at the time of its production, but I've viewed my copy recently and it has traveled well. Watch it from "cover to cover" if you get the opportunity.
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