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Casanova (2005)

Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

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Lupo
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Casanova's Mother
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Mother's Lover / Tito
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Guardi
Paddy Ward ...
Vittorio
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Storyline

Casanova is in love with Francesca, who thinks he is a friend of himself even though he is engaged to Victoria, who is the love of Giovanni, Francesca's brother. Francesca is betrothed to Paprizzio who thinks Casanova is the feminist writer Guardi, who is really Francessca's nomme de plume. Amidst all these secret identities and misunderstandings, the Catholic Church sends Pucci to bring Casanova and Guardi to trial for heresy. Written by Ploy P.

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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$231,077 (USA) (23 December 2005)

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$11,294,832 (USA) (14 April 2006)
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Some plot elements recall William Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice, especially Francesca Bruni's disguising as a man in order to take part in a legal council. This movie also featured Jeremy Irons and Charlie Cox who appeared in The Merchant of Venice (2004). See more »

Goofs

The character name Victoria uses the Spanish or Latin spelling, rather than the Italian spelling Vittoria. See more »

Quotes

Casanova: I've never sought glory as a lover.
Sister Beatrice: What then, senor Casanova, do you seek?
Casanova: A moment that lasts a lifetime.
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BIMBA is given screen credit as the Pig. See more »

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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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from the Tragédie lyrique "Zoroastre"
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
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More farce than history
3 January 2006 | by (New Orleans LA) – See all my reviews

If you approach this film looking for history or biography, you will be disappointed. This film is a superbly written farce, enacted by a talented cast of comic actors. The interesting set-up of false identities is further complicated by the addition of two scene-stealers, Oliver Platt and Jeremy Irons. One of the most entertaining scenes in the film is a comic bit involving Oliver Platt as he proudly displays his portrait. Oliver Platt is able to elicit a huge laugh without saying a word and using any broad gesture--just a kind of comic deflation.

And Jeremy Irons as the Grand Inquisitor was equally delightful, as he investigates heresy with the determination and insight of an Inspector Clouseau.

The action (and comedy) moves briskly, and appropriately for a farce, there is a come-from-nowhere ending that is as unbelievable as it is hilarious. But the ending does not disappoint, at all.

This film contains no apparent "theme" or "message", for which we can all be thankful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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