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 ... See full summary »
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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Excellent production, spectacular cinematography, too racy for U.S. television in 1971/72
All the quality we have come to expect of BBC mini-series, and the production values are stunning. Cinematography was excellent, as was the acting. The networks were gunshy in north America, even PBS. I was working for a station in Toronto which bought the rights and ran it in prime time. The full frontal nudity got a fair bit of attention, but was tasteful, and never offensive.
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