- Actors: Donald Sutherland, Cicely Brown, Tina Aumont, John Karlsen, Daniel Emilfork Berenstein
- Directors: Federico Fellini
- Writers: Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi
- Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
- Format: PAL
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Fremantle
- DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2005
- Run Time: 148 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00073I8MC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Federico Fellini directs this Italian drama based on the life of 18th century author, scientist and romancer Giacomo Casanova. Opening in Venice, the story follows the famous lothario (Donald Sutherland) as he becomes the lover of a nun, a hunchback, a doll and a sorceress and is subsequently imprisoned for his misdeeds. After reminiscing of his past affairs in prison, Casanova travels around Europe where he continues to fulfil numerous conquests into old age but fails to achieve the respect he yearns for.
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Fellini is exotic. Ok! But not inaccessible. This is a thoughtful and loving 'retrospective' of a life as much philosophical as erotic,as seen from the 'wrong end' of the telescope. There is a truly elegaic quality about it, perfectly captured.Think of it first as history, then as biography, then see where it takes you.
Donald Sutherland is sublime.
If you are intrigued by the film's title and the certificate 18 rating and are expecting a soft-porn or erotic movie, DON'T click on 'add to basket' - you will be disappointed and I will get upset as your one dalliance into Fellini's World will be tainted...
The sex scenes are always clothed and sent up outrageously, with farcical over-humping, shall we say....Fellini is mocking his central character here. There are some bare bottoms but that's as far as the nudity goes...
Much has been said and written about the problems the director faced; daily disintegration of his relationship with Sutherland, striking technicians and outside distractions, all of which made the film more fragmentary. Fellini later cited this epic sprawl as both his worst film and as his most "complete, expressive and courageous".
Donald Sutherland, with his Roman nose, shaved forehead and the most elaborate of wigs, looks the very part, so much so, that his flouncing and preening are as much of a star as he is. I'm not expert in Italian (I don't understand it at all) but the delivery of his lines sound OK, but always with theatrical bravado - no subtleties here.
For most, there will ultimately be times during its 2.5 hour plus running length when it gets less interesting but Fellini certainly packs an awful lot in that time. In my view, he has made lesser films, but not many, frankly but Fellini is one of my top five all-time directors, along with Bergman, Kubrick, Wilder and Kurosawa.
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