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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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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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A partially true story about lies told, virtue lost and love found. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Казанова  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$11,294,832 (USA) (14 April 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Giacomo Casanova was a real person, but most of the other characters in the movie are not. Francesca Bruni was made up for the Bob Hope vehicle Casanova's Big Night (1954), where Joan Fontaine played her. See more »


In one long shot of Venice at sunset, the viewer can clearly see contrails in the sky caused by passing jet planes. See more »


Pucci: Casanova bought a pig. Casanova took pig to Bruni house. Is anyone going to explain this?
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Crazy Credits

BIMBA is given screen credit as the Pig. See more »


Version of Some Like It Cool (1977) See more »


Rigaudons en Rondeau
from the Opéra-Ballet "Les Indes Galantes"
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
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Be The Flame, Not The Moth
9 February 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Casanova' is a funny Venecian comedy that has a good doze of romance, humour, drama and colour. Yes, the sets and costumes are pleasantly colourful. The art direction deserves credit. Even though the sets look theatrical, it fits with the presentation. The whimsical score adds energy. The editing is mostly good but the film does drag a little in the middle. In terms of story, there isn't anything new (which is the usual case with romantic comedies) and I would have liked to see the love blossom between Casanova and Francesca after they find out each other's identity and also how Casanova resists his 'urge' to be with other women in order to be faithful to Francesca. The dialogues are witty and amusing. Heath Ledger fits the part and effectively pulls off the title role. Sienna Miller is unrecognizable but still pretty. She may arguably be a little too young for the part but is still vivacious and her youth adds to the stubbornness of the character. Lena Olin has a graceful presence. Oliver Platt is hilarious. The romantic track between Paprizzio and Andrea is among the most endearing and funniest moments. Omid Djalili is great as the sidekick. Jeremy Irons is good too. 'Casanova' isn't pathbreaking cinema but it would make for a good date movie or a Sunday night/rainy day film. It's colorfully vibrant. It's funny. It's nice to look at.

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