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Casanova

Heath Ledger , Jeremy Irons , Lasse Hallstrom    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin, Oliver Platt, Sienna Miller
  • Directors: Lasse Hallstrom
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Touchstone
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L3JQA

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venezia, 1700. lui e' il leggendario avventuriero le cui schermaglie amorose avrebbero ispirato, nel corso dei secoli, innumerevoli amanti. lei e' la scrittrice pi virtuosa dei suoi tempi, in attesa di incontrare un uomo in grado di comprendere realmente la tenacia e la passione. quando giacomo casanova incontra francesca bruni trova pane per i suoi denti, e cede di fronte all'unica donna che resta insensibile al suo fascino. nella sfida piu' pericolosa della sua vita, il famoso amatore mette in gioco la sua reputazione per capire il vero significato e l'importanza dell'amore

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Casanova 26 July 2006
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
If you're old enough to have seen the "Carry On" movies the first time around, or have watched them on DVD on "oldies night", (don't worry, we're not going to ask your age) you'll see the resemblance to this funny take on the world's greatest lover. Slapstick, double entendres and misunderstandings abound, as Heath Ledger tries to fill the trousers of the legendary lothario without getting a broken back in the process.

It takes place in 1753 in Venice, a time when no woman is safe from the charms of Casanova, not even those confined to the convent. Luckily for him he has friends in the right places and escapes being strung up for debauchery (a big word which in the movie means that he shakes a lot of bedsprings without the benefit of a marriage license)

After going one conquest too far, his friend the Doge insists that Casanova get married ASAP, or face exile from Venice. Exile is not a possibility, as we learn early in the movie that he has a very good reason for sticking around, so marriage it is, and the lady to whom he pledges his troth is not only a virgin, but extremely willing to be wed. In a classic case of bad timing, he then meets the one woman worthy of his affection, and she turns out to be a cross-dressing (but only when necessary to prove a point) feminist writer who hates every bone in his body. She unfortunately is betrothed to a corpulent but very wealthy lard merchant (Oliver Platt) whom she has never set eyes on before, the union having being arranged by her late father as an insurance policy for the family fortune.

If you're still with me after all that, things get even more complicated when Jeremy Irons shows up as Inquisitor Pucci, out for the bewigged head of Casanova as a gift for the hangman's noose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Seems a fair deal to me" 27 Jan 2010
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this DVD as a fan of Lasse Hallstrom's films, but I would have probably bought it anyway, for the real star of this film is Venice itself, even though many of the views on-screen - through the use of inventive matt paintings and persuasive CGI - are preposterously unhistorical and geographically impossible. But we also get to see the interior of the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, the veranda of the Doge's Palace - and Palladio's Teatro Olympico at Vicenza. But when we came to the balloon-ride above the city, my partner turned to me and said, "Now it's getting stupid!"

But this is a film not to take seriously at all: it is a romp, nothing more and nothing less, despite its attempts at expostulating a philosophy of love. It is a pantomime fairy-tale. It has a ludicrous plot with lots of holes, the main one of which is relying on the fact that Casanova's face is not well-known, but also relying, for example, on billboard advertisements for lard. (Don't ask!) People wanting a truer version of events are directed to Casanova's own not-so-reliable memoirs: his life was actually more exciting than that depicted in the film.

There are some good gags in the script: "Venice is perceived as a hotbed of ... well, a hot ... bed" says the Doge to Casanova. Meanwhile, when the Grand Inquisitor tells a nun that, "You will suffer hellfire and damnation for spending one night with Casanova", she replies, "Seems a fair deal to me." And when the Inquisitor accuses Casanova of sleeping with a novice, he replies that she was hardly that!

One annoying feature of the film are the accents, a mixture of public-school English, with Cockney and Irish thrown in. The director decided not to have any Italian inflections so as not to distract the viewer's attention.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You need to Marry Casanova" 27 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) has a problem. The Roman Inquisition is after him, accusing him of perversion, debauchery and moral licentiousness. It is 1750s Venice, and the carousing Casanova has been working his way through the nunneries of Venice. The local Catholic inquisitor (Ken Stott) tells him that in order to save his depraved neck from the gallows, he must marry. So he sets his sights on the city's most eligible virgin (Natalie Dormer).

At the same time he meets the feisty proto-feminist Francesca (Sienna Miller) at a duel and falls in love with her. Because women are banned from publishing, Francesca is secretly writing female empowerment books under an assumed name and is betrothed to the famed porcine lard merchant Paprizzio (Oliver Platt). Her family led by her beautiful mother (Lena Olin) is poor and badly needs the money.

How can Casanova get the woman he loves, whilst staying away from certain death at the gallows? He begins a game of cat and mouse, hiding behind various identities to get what he really wants. But then a new inquisitor (Jeremy Irons) suddenly arrives from the Vatican, determined to clean up Venice, which he sees as the cesspit of fornication. He makes it perfectly clear that he's determined to arrest and hang Casanova, who is the ultimate threat to moral authority.

The film is fun and entertaining. It's also silly and hectic and remarkably sanitized - you won't find much naughty, bawdy sex-fuelled romping in this Casanova. Heath Ledger maybe nimble and rakish, but he's not that sexy, he's also rather bland and walks through this role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great dvd
Published 3 days ago by s a norvall
4.0 out of 5 stars Casanova
This is a film that is so bad, it is brilliant. Really good for passing the time as it is quite funny
Published 3 months ago by dozza
4.0 out of 5 stars “Casanova” on BLU RAY – Compatibility Issues On ‘US' Copies For UK...
Be aware that the US ‘Disney’ BLU RAY of “Casanova” is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all
The story of Casanova is wonderful and, of course, Venice is a magical city but the actor playing Casanova was not at all suited to the role.
Published 5 months ago by nancysykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfects Sunday afternoon film
This is a great film perfect for Sunday afternoons, it's cheeky and fun I'd definitely recommend it to a friend
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Sharon Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Casanova
I loved this film! Its funny, flirty and I mean, come on! Who doesn't liked a bit of Heath Legder!
I'd recommend this film to anyone who loves films that are both witty and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sherona
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun but couldn't view it again
Nice period drama/comedy.Not as boring as you might expect it could get
with casanova hopping from one bed to the next-he actually falls in love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
I love this film, light and funny romance with fantastic Heath Ledger in period costume around a picturesque Italy, what more could you ask?
Published 11 months ago by MissLemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows off this GEM.
We went to Venice last year and spent two weeks there.
Good to receive it so fast,quicker than expected. Read more
Published 11 months ago by flibity
3.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick
It is a light look at Casanova and his "life" with plenty of slapstick hijinks and witless banter. It's not, though, a terrible waste of time and fills the room with a lightness. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by pdwood
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