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Casanova '70 [DVD] (1965)


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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Marisa Mell, Enrico maria Salerno, Michele Mercier
  • Directors: Mario Monicelli
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Mono, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZDI

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1960s Italian sex comedy directed by Mario Monicelli. Marcello Mastroianni stars as Major Andrea Rossi-Colombotti, who is impotent unless there is a very real element of danger present in his wooing of women. When his lecherous psychiatrist tries to convince Andrea to give up women, it soon becomes obvious that the good doctor has an agenda of his own.

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Sensuous fun --New York Times

One of Carlo Ponti's numerous internationalist assaults on the American box-office, exploiting Mastroianni's currency as the Latin lover --Time Out

This 1960s sex romp is definitely Sunday afternoon fare ... A real treat --MovieTalk --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Brzostek on 28 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Andrea Rossi-Colombotti (Marcello Mastroianni) is a NATO Officer and a real ladies man. He has no problem finding women but his problem is that he only gets aroused if his life is in danger. If there isn't anything life threatening going on, he is impotent. He sees a psychologist about his problem and is told he must give up women in order to control his demon and pursue spiritual interests.

But giving up women is a great challenge for our Casanova as just about everywhere he goes he meets a bombshell. Andrea has more than a few adventures with women from the General's wife to a prostitute that is supposed to be so unlucky that everyone that is with her dies. He loves these risks and the way his life works out borders on the ridiculous but is equally hilarious.

Although this movie doesn't have anything to do with the legendary Casanova from the 18th century, those enamored with him may also appreciate the suaveness of this modern version. Casanova 70 is a delightful Italian comedy that is both funny and very amusing. The story is charming and the six writers who worked on it disprove the saying that too many cooks spoil the soup. Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70 is a gem of Italian cinema. This comedy with a sexy side is not to miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Mario Monicelli's Casanova `70 was the kind of risqué globe-trotting Italian sex comedy that found favour in the US at a time when the local censors seemed to allow foreign films more leeway than American ones but which now, despite its unapologetically smutty premise and some brief nudity, seems much more innocent and charming. Marcello Mastroianni is a NATO officer who finds that the sexual liberation of the 60s is sapping his libido to the point of impotence: with women not just easy prey but practically throwing themselves at men (provided you meet the minimum requirements, of course), the thrill of conquest leaves him unable to make love unless there's an element of danger to spice things up. His efforts to control his sexual demons are constantly doomed to failure, thanks to a succession of female lion tamers, jinxed prostitutes with a reputation for killing their clients and rich wives with homicidally jealous husbands until he finds himself in the dock with his various conquests (Virna Lisi, Michele Mercier and Marissa Mell among them) called as character witnesses...

It's very much of its time - despite the title, it was made in 1965 - and it's hard to understand quite how it got a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination that year, but after a rather sluggish opening that's short of real laughs it does develop into something much funnier, and not just in the scenes with his female co-stars: two of the funniest scenes involve a cottage industry faking antiques and selling them by the pound like steak and cuckolded husband Marco Ferreri's attempt to get rid of his new rival.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70 is a gem of Italian cinema 27 Jun 2010
By Richard J. Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Andrea Rossi-Colombotti (Marcello Mastroianni) is a NATO Officer and a real ladies man. He has no problem finding women but his problem is that he only gets aroused if his life is in danger. If there isn't anything life threatening going on, he is impotent. He sees a psychologist about his problem and is told he must give up women in order to control his demon and pursue spiritual interests.

But giving up women is a great challenge for our Casanova as just about everywhere he goes he meets a bombshell. Andrea has more than a few adventures with women from the General's wife to a prostitute that is supposed to be so unlucky that everyone that is with her dies. He loves these risks and the way his life works out borders on the ridiculous but is equally hilarious.

Although this movie doesn't have anything to do with the legendary Casanova from the 18th century, those enamored with him may also appreciate the suaveness of this modern version. Casanova 70 is a delightful Italian comedy that is both funny and very amusing. The story is charming and the six writers who worked on it disprove the saying that too many cooks spoil the soup. Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70 is a gem of Italian cinema. This comedy with a sexy side is not to miss.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thanks, Lorber, Great Work! 19 July 2012
By V. Risoli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Lorber has added 1965's "Casanova '70," directed by Mario Monicelli, in the great, handsome Blu-rays and DVDS that they did to the Vittorio de Sica and Sophia Loren Collection they have out. It, too, stars Marcello Mastroianni, but the co-stars are a bevy of beauties including Virna Lisi, who crossed over to American films probably more than any other Italian actress other than Loren, and also features Marisa Mell (looking never better), Margaret Lee, Michele Mercier and many others. The screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. It concerns a man who comes to believe he may be impotent, but only becomes aroused when the situation takes a dangerous turn leading to a lot of rather hilarious exploits. The transfer is quite good and the packaging by Lorber is very handsome and viable enough to be also a collector's jewel. I understand there were problems with poor transfers in other editions of "Casanova '70." With the state of the Italian cinema being sold to low-esteemed companies, this is probably as good as it will get. In Italian with subtitles and trailers. Well-directed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Nowadays, there's no risk, no challenge to face. They're too easy to conquer! You snap a finger, they all come running!" 21 Feb 2013
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Mario Monicelli's Casanova `70 was the kind of risqué globe-trotting Italian sex comedy that found favour in the US at a time when the local censors seemed to allow foreign films more leeway than American ones but which now, despite its unapologetically smutty premise and some brief nudity, seems much more innocent and charming. Marcello Mastroianni is a NATO officer who finds that the sexual liberation of the 60s is sapping his libido to the point of impotence: with women not just easy prey but practically throwing themselves at men (provided you meet the minimum requirements, of course), the thrill of conquest leaves him unable to make love unless there's an element of danger to spice things up. His efforts to control his sexual demons are constantly doomed to failure, thanks to a succession of female lion tamers, jinxed prostitutes with a reputation for killing their clients and rich wives with homicidally jealous husbands until he finds himself in the dock with his various conquests (Virna Lisi, Michele Mercier and Marissa Mell among them) called as character witnesses...

It's very much of its time - despite the title, it was made in 1965 - and it's hard to understand quite how it got a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination that year, but after a rather sluggish opening that's short of real laughs it does develop into something much funnier, and not just in the scenes with his female co-stars: two of the funniest scenes involve a cottage industry faking antiques and selling them by the pound like steak and cuckolded husband Marco Ferreri's attempt to get rid of his new rival. It's the kind of glamorous fluff that's increasingly enjoyable if you're in the right mood, with Mastroianni on particularly good form, and Kino's Region-free US Blu-ray offers a decent but not outstanding widescreen transfer (there's some slight digital noise in places, but nothing too distracting) in the original Italian with English subtitles. Extras are limited to the original Italian trailer, stills gallery and trailer for Kino's other Mastroianni and Sophia Loren titles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You will laugh and laugh 17 May 2012
By Jancal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Marcello Mastroianni was a handsome, versatile actor who could play anything, from serious drama (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2) to hysterically funny comedy such as this film Casanova 70. Here he is a Lothario with many ladies to satisfy including the beauteous Virna Lisi, but he is only able to make love in perilous situations i.e. the husband is returning, out on a ledge, and other close shaves. This is what used to be called a bedroom romp, and Mastroianni is never better than when playing the Latin lover (perhaps not entirely playing!). An enjoyable film throughout, in the same style as his other delightful comedies Divorce Italian Style and Marriage Italian Style.
The premise is good: a man most comfortable with sex provided it ... 4 Nov 2014
By George Herman - Published on Amazon.com
The premise is good: a man most comfortable with sex provided it has an element of danger; but the individual sequences do not link well, and only the final situation sustaining the idea is long enough and carries the climax. Marcello remains, of course, the universal concept of an Italian male: handsome, adventuresome, horny. Probably the funniest sequence is when Marcello questions a country girl about her virginity and she produces a list of lovers as big as the Manhattan phone directory. (I presume Manhattan still has a phone directory.)
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