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Casanova (2005)

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The fabled romantic Giacomo Casanova, after failing to win the affection of the Venetian woman Francesca Bruni, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

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Lasse Hallström

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Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay), Kimberly Simi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Casanova
Sienna Miller ... Francesca
Jeremy Irons ... Pucci
Oliver Platt ... Paprizzio
Lena Olin ... Andrea
Omid Djalili ... Lupo
Stephen Greif ... Donato
Ken Stott ... Dalfonso
Helen McCrory ... Casanova's Mother
Leigh Lawson ... Mother's Lover / Tito
Tim McInnerny ... The Doge
Charlie Cox ... Giovanni Bruni
Natalie Dormer ... Victoria
Phil Davis ... Guardi
Paddy Ward 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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He won every woman's heart. She won his. See more »


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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film premiered in the same year as the BBC miniseries Casanova (2005) in which Giacomo Casanova was played by David Tennant and Peter O'Toole at different points in his life. See more »

Goofs

The business with the hot air balloon is a minor anachronism. The first manned flight of such a vehicle was by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783, just 30 years after the film's setting. See more »

Quotes

Casanova: The choice of lime is very sliming.
Lord Papprizzio: You're too kind.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Casanova (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture
from the Opéra-ballet "Les Fêtes de Polymnie"
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
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Shakespearian sitcom is not dead
7 September 2006 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

This movie is a blast. If you're a fan of Shakespearian situational comedy (Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night's Dream, etc) then you're in for a treat. And please note that when I refer to Shakespeare, I'm talking about the original plays, not some stupid Kenneth Brannaugh romp.

The plot weaves a wonderfully tangled web of lies, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. The characters are just plain fun to watch. And director Lasse Hallström pulls off what so few people are able to do: make a comedy that doesn't offend anyone. Well, actually I think some Catholics may be offended at the uncomplimentary portrayal of the 18th century papacy, but from what I know of history, it's well deserved.

But this leads me to another point. Don't expect history, OK? A few reviewers seem to be upset by the poetic license Hallström takes. C'mon people, it's a fantasy. It's no different from the film AMADEUS which trounces all over historical fact but gives us a fantastic dramatic fiction in return. I admire creative writers who can turn history on its ear.

So yes, this isn't the erotic, decadent Casanova you may be expecting. In my opinion, that portrayal is hackneyed anyway. This is a much fresher approach. So put down your history books and enjoy the picture already.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,276, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:

$11,304,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,691,644
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