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This review is from: Casanova  [DVD] (DVD)
This version of Casanova's story is a very entertaining one. Told in three installments, it features an elderly Casanova (O'Toole) telling parts of his life story to a young serving girl.
David Tennant plays the young Casanova, and he's marvellous - his chirpy attractiveness is perfect for the role. The first installment of the tale is the lightest, and I think the best. Casanova's entrance into Venetian society and his ascencion through their ranks are shown with wit and a fast pace.
At the heart of the story is the genuine love Casanova has for Henriette (Laura Fraser), who he meets very shortly after his arrival in Venice only to find that she is taken.
Of course, this being the story of Casanova, there are plenty of encounters with more available (or not) lovers. We begin with Casanova being chased through Venice by an irate husband, which pretty much sets the tone of the first installment.
As the story develops it becomes darker as Casanova's fortunes change and he begins to examine his own behaviour. In the meantime, the elderly Casanova - who has been narrating the tale - reveals more of his character. The scenes with the older Casanova have a much slower pace, but they ultimately anchor the story quite well - as we are aware of where his wandering will eventually lead him - and although I enjoyed them less than the rest of the tale they were still well done.
I didn't know much about the genuine history of Casanova so I can't analyse the content, but - as other reviewers have mentioned - historical accuracy isn't the strength of this series. It's entertainment, and it's marvellous. Music, wit, love, sex, the beautiful colours of Venice and the marvellous collection of characters make this a wonderful dvd. There aren't any extras on my version, but who needs them? It's worth buying for the content.