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Casanova 

After a life spent seeking pleasure and decadence, Casanova seeks his one true love, Henriette.
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Complete series cast summary:
Rose Byrne ...  Edith 3 episodes, 2005
David Tennant ...  Casanova 3 episodes, 2005
Peter O'Toole ...  Older Casanova 3 episodes, 2005
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Grimani 3 episodes, 2005
Shaun Parkes ...  Rocco 3 episodes, 2005
Laura Fraser ...  Henriette 3 episodes, 2005
Nina Sosanya ...  Bellino 3 episodes, 2005
Antonio Lujak ...  Servant 3 episodes, 2005
Clare Higgins ...  Cook 2 episodes, 2005
James Holly James Holly ...  Jack aged 6 / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Brock Everitt-Elwick Brock Everitt-Elwick ...  Jack aged 11 2 episodes, 2005
Martin Oldfield Martin Oldfield ...  Judge 2 episodes, 2005
Matt Lucas ...  Villars 2 episodes, 2005
Freddie Jones ...  Bragadin 2 episodes, 2005
Richard James ...  Doctor 1 2 episodes, 2005
Ron Cook ...  Prisoner 2 episodes, 2005
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After a life spent seeking pleasure and decadence, Casanova seeks his one true love, Henriette.

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English

Release Date:

13 March 2005 (UK) See more »

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(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Russell T. Davies was so impressed by David Tennant's performance as Casanova that he cast him as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who (2005). See more »

Quotes

Giacomo Casanova: It's practically the distillation of my life so far - I've become famous simply for being outrageous.
Rocco: And you can make a living out of that?
Giacomo Casanova: Rule Brittania!
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Version of Casanova (1987) See more »

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Dazzling Spectacle
11 June 2006 | by Sweet_OpheliaSee all my reviews

Russell T. Davies's "Casanova" is a biopic of the real-life ladies-man from 17th century Venice, the infamous Giacomo Casanova. The 2-part series uses the real Giacomo Casanova's biography "The story of my life" as frame-work. The story is told by Casanova himself (Peter O'Toole), at the age of 73 when he was employed as a librarian for a wealthy nobleman. The aged Casanova tells his story to the curious servant-girl Edith (Rose Byrne) whose father told her tales of Casanova and all his adventures. David Tennant of 'Doctor Who' fame plays the young Casanova, and Shaun Parkes his loyal side-kick, Rocco. By 1750 the real Casanova had worked as a clergyman, secretary, soldier, spy, and violinist and bedded some 122 women. Davies's series touches on Casanova's talents, but at the heart of the old cad's story is his love for the one woman he could never have; Henriette (Laura Fraser), who was engaged to a nobleman in Venice when she and Casanova first meet, and then the two were torn apart when Casanova was imprisoned in 1775. After his famous escape in 1756, the story follows Casanova, Rocco and one of Casanova's many bastard children as they travel around Europe looking for legal pardon while meeting the greatest men and women of the day.

Russell T. Davies is fast making a name for himself; having written for cult television shows like "Queer as Folk" and the current series of "Doctor Who", "Casanova" is another triumph for Davies. The writing is fresh and witty, and extremely well delivered by the irrevocably charming David Tennant, who passes well for the infamous 17th century cad. The best part of the series is the costumes and sets – absolutely over the top and fabulously colorful outfits with modern twists coupled with dazzling, spectacularly lavish sets. It really is a welcome eye-ful.

"Casanova" is an absolutely wonderful 2-part series written by the up and coming Russell T. Davies and starring one of Scotland's best new commodities, David Tennant. Definitely worth a watch.


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