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Russell T. Davies has nothing to declare but his genius,
By A Customer
This review is from: Casanova  [DVD] (DVD)
Casanova is a sparkling, bawdy, comic, heartbreaking romp of a period drama that puts most of the bewigged and powdered TV offerings to shame. The plot rattles along at a breakneck pace, much like Casanova himself as he escapes from boudoirs and prisons alike, and we follow Casanova's journey from young buck to ... old buck, albeit one who hankers for his true love and not simply womankind in general.
I had wondered how the licentious and not necessarily likeable 'real' Casanova would transfer to screen. While RTD takes a few historical shortcuts, and fleshes out the character to render him more palatable, these all contribute immensely to the plot (Casanova himself would relish the reinvention). Casting David Tennant is a masterstroke - I read in an interview that RTD had consciously chosen to avoid the conventionally handsome leading man types, in order to emphasise that Casanova attracted women by means of his personality rather than purely his looks. DT is perfect - sexy, funny, and full of energy.
The supporting cast are also typically fabulous - I think it's impossible to watch Casanova and not fall for Henriette too (Laura Fraser has a smile to die for). The role of Bellino must have been an actor's dream as the character constantly evolves and Nina Sosanya captures every aspect - from young aspirant singer to a dissolute, attention-seeking libertine. The score is also beautiful - the best soundtrack I have heard for a long time - I'd go so far as to say that this boxset is worth buying for that experience alone.
All in all, I can't recommend this series enough. Thank you Russell!