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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Casanova
... Francesca
... Pucci
... Paprizzio
... Andrea
... Lupo
... Donato
... Dalfonso
... Casanova's Mother
... Mother's Lover / Tito
... The Doge
... Giovanni Bruni
... Victoria
... Guardi
Paddy Ward ... Vittorio
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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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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Kazanova  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$231,077, 25 December 2005, Limited Release

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$11,294,832, 16 April 2006
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. 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: Casanova, the philosopher? Who devotes his life to the perfection of experience? Yes, I know him.
Francesca Bruni: No, Casanova the libertine, who devotes his life to seducing women.
Casanova: Well, we're obviously talking about the same person.
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BIMBA is given screen credit as the Pig. See more »

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References Casanova's Big Night (1954) See more »

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Loure from Tafelmusik 1
Music by Georg Philipp Telemann (as George Phillip Telemann)
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More farce than history
3 January 2006 | by 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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