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Fellini's Casanova (1976)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (original title)
The myth of Giacomo Casanova, the notorious womanizer is presented as a pitiable and terrifying figure. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life.


Federico Fellini


Giacomo Casanova (autobiography: "Histoire de ma vie"), Federico Fellini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Giacomo Casanova
Tina Aumont ... Henriette / Casanova's lover
Cicely Browne Cicely Browne ... Madame D'Urfé
Carmen Scarpitta Carmen Scarpitta ... Madame Charpillon
Clara Algranti Clara Algranti ... Marcolina / Casanova's sister inlaw
Daniela Gatti Daniela Gatti ... Giselda
Margareth Clémenti Margareth Clémenti ... Sister Maddalena (as Margareth Clementi)
Olimpia Carlisi Olimpia Carlisi ... Isabella / alchemist's daughter
Silvana Fusacchia Silvana Fusacchia ... Isabella's sister
Chesty Morgan ... Barberina (scenes deleted)
Leda Lojodice Leda Lojodice ... Rosalba / the Mechanical doll (as Adele Angela Lojodice)
Sandra Elaine Allen Sandra Elaine Allen ... Angelina the Giantess
Clarissa Mary Roll Clarissa Mary Roll ... Anna Maria / Casanova's employee
Daniel Emilfork ... Marquis Du Bois (as Daniel Emilfork Berenstein)
Luigi Zerbinati Luigi Zerbinati ... Pope


Casanova is a libertine, performing seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone, and is he really an interesting person? Is he really alive? Written by Yepok

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Did You Know?


When it was completed, Federico Fellini thought it was his best film, and was inevitably heartbroken when it was not critically received in America. See more »


Giacomo Casanova: A man who never speaks ill of women does not love them. For to understand them and to love them one must suffer at their hands. Then and only then can you find happiness at the lips of your beloved.
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Featured in The Magic of Fellini (2002) See more »

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The tragic side of the story
12 September 2016 | by rzervouSee all my reviews

Fellini needs no recommendations. He's the Magician. And Sutherland is one of a few. Plus, he diaries of Casanova are on of the most inspirational literature works of the last centuries. These alone are sufficient. But Casanova of Fellini is something more. As Fellini feels awe (fear and worship at the same time) for women, he degrades men. From Satyricon to the City of Women men appear to surrender, give up their role and the force they once exerted over the other sex. As he deals with the story of his compatriot, Giacomo Casanova, the emblematic womanizer, he lets emerge a tragic figure, a man prisoner of his dubious reputation, a solitary creature that crawls on patios and lounges of prerevolutionary Europe, among degenerated monarchs and nobles who don't understand what is to come and have fun until boredom, The wretched Fellini hero tries to survive sometimes as stallion, sometimes as metaphysical guru and . Trying to ascend socially, he keeps falling, ending his days in a kitchen of a German lord having dinner with the servants who taunt him. He, the greater lover, finally makes love with a doll. (amazing scene). Fellini stays faithful to the text, far away from the beautification of those who grappled with this story, and Sutherland interprets one of the most tragic heroes in the cinema of the 20th century.

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11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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