Casanova

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Overview

History's most renowned ladies' man finally meets his match in this historical romance laced with comedy and adventure. In Venice in 1753, Giacomo Casanova Heath Ledger is a notorious playboy whose way with women goes too far when he's caught leaving the bedroom of a novice nun, and one of the leading prosecutors of the Inquisition, Pucci Jeremy Irons, puts him on trial. The Doge Tim McInnerny, Venice's political point man, is a friend of Casanova's and pulls strings to get him off the hook and allow him to stay ...
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Overview

History's most renowned ladies' man finally meets his match in this historical romance laced with comedy and adventure. In Venice in 1753, Giacomo Casanova Heath Ledger is a notorious playboy whose way with women goes too far when he's caught leaving the bedroom of a novice nun, and one of the leading prosecutors of the Inquisition, Pucci Jeremy Irons, puts him on trial. The Doge Tim McInnerny, Venice's political point man, is a friend of Casanova's and pulls strings to get him off the hook and allow him to stay in the city, but under one condition -- he must take a wife and remain faithful to her. Casanova sets his sights on Victoria Natalie Dormer, a lovely young maiden who is obviously taken with the handsome ladykiller, but he's not the only one who wants her hand. Giovanni Bruni Charlie Cox is a young man who is very much in love with Victoria, and in order to move him out of the picture, Casanova challenges him to a duel. However, when Casanova is bested in swords in the challenge, he discovers he's actually been parrying with Giovanni's sister, Francesca Sienna Miller. As Casanova gets to know Francesca, he discovers she's a gifted writer and a bright and independent woman as well as a good hand with a sword, and he comes to the realization that she's the woman he wants to take to the altar. However, Francesca has already been promised to the vain and chubby Papprizzio Oliver Platt, a man she's never met, and she doesn't seem at all interested in the notorious Casanova. Casanova also stars Lena Olin, and Omid Djalili.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Creating an Adventure" - the making of Casanova; "Dressing in Style" - designing costumes from the 18th century fashion capital of Europe; Extended sequence: "Hidden in Plain Sight"; "Visions of Venice" - recreating the world's most enchanting city in the 18th century; Audio commentary with director Lasse Hallström
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Australian-born actor Heath Ledger plies his trade about as far from Brokeback Mountain (2005) as one can get in this sassy and energetic romantic comedy, set in mid-18th-century Europe. Ledger portrays the titular Italian lothario as a rake caught up in the period’s repressive sexual politics, and with nary a flash of his Oscar-nominated turn as Ennis in celebrated “gay cowboy movie,” which opened in theaters just a few weeks before Casanova. The year is 1753, and the celebrated lover is so well known in Venice that he’s lampooned in stage plays and puppet shows. But his moral transgressions are not so blithely regarded by the Inquisition’s chief enforcer, Pucci (Jeremy Irons), who is determined to throw the suave seducer in prison. Only by acquiring a wife and settling down can Casanova hope to evade his enemies. After considerable searching, he settles on the high-spirited Francesca (Sienna Miller), who’s unfortunately betrothed to wealthy Genoan merchant Paprizzio (Oliver Platt). Director Lasse Hallström maintains a light touch as the inevitable complications ensue, moving the story forward quickly enough to prevent viewers from reflecting on the occasional absurdities. Ledger looks to be enjoying himself immensely throughout, while Miller impresses with her delightful, if historically dubious, characterization of a proto-feminist who dresses in men’s clothes and engages in sword fights at the drop of a hat. Cinematographer Oliver Stapleton beautifully captures the Venetian locations, and the period décor is satisfyingly lush. The characters’ actions and attitudes have a decidedly modern flavor though, which makes Casanova a most engaging romp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • UPC: 786936288858
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heath Ledger Casanova
Sienna Miller Francesca
Jeremy Irons Pucci
Oliver Platt Paprizzio
Lena Olin Andrea
Charlie Cox Giovanni Bruni
Phil Davies Bernardo Guardi
Stephen Greif Donato
Omid Djalili Lupo
Paddy Ward Vittorio
Ken Stott Dalfonso
Tim McInnerny The Doge
Helen McCrory Casanova's Mother
Natalie Dormer Victoria
Leigh Lawson Mother's Lover
Ben Moor Andolini
Adelmo Togliani Fulvio
Lidia Biondi Casanova's Grandmother
Eugene Simon Casanova (11)
Robert Levine Cardinal Lopresta
Lauren Cohan Sister Beatrice
Danielle Baker Sister Magdelene
Clive Riche Prof. Bennetto
Marta Bellocchio Beautiful Masked Woman
Adriano Iurissevich Masked Casanova Actor
Giorgio Bertan Actor
Niall Buggy Bookseller, Printer
Simonetta Bortolozzi Beautiful Woman in Bookshop
Francis Pardeilhan Custom Officer
Enzo Turrin Maggiordomo
Carolina Levi Bruni's Maid
Paola Pessot Lolling Street Walker
Elisabeth Riva Prostitute
Monica Vallerini Whore #3
Nicholas Raymond Capriati Boy
Naike Rivelli Dark Haired Beauty
Sara Guerra Fair Haired Woman
Marta Paola Richeldi Another Woman
Giorgia Riccardi Another Beauty
Kristy Dibiccari Woman in Bookshop
Jessica Seaton Plain Woman in Bookshop
Anna Gaia Marchioro Plain Looking Woman
Lorenzo Felisatti Laughing Man
Roy Doliner Dalfonso's Secretary
Silvia Nanni Whispering Woman
Paolo De Giorgiro Young Man
Alessandro Bressanello Flunkey Captain
Katarina Volgyiova Society Woman
Davide Bozzato Drunken Reveller
Catherine Gault Reveller
Renzo Martini Beadle
Laura Pigozzo Woman
Federico Scridel Casanova Actor
Manuella Massimi Lady Actress
Tommy Körberg Gondola Singer
Bryan Korenberg Man in Brothel
Bimba Pig
Sonny Kompanek Conductor
Michael Novak Conductor
Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Alessandro Alberti Art Director
Su Armstrong Executive Producer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Betsy Beers Producer
Ambra Bellotto Makeup
Matteo Bertelli Set Decoration/Design
Alessandro Borgese Stunts
Jana Carboni Makeup
Mauro Caterini Stunts
Sabrina Catucci Makeup
Irene Cavalli Makeup
Guido Cerasuolo Co-producer
Mishka Cheyko Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Elena Cipolato Makeup
Susanna Codognato Art Director
Dalia Colli Makeup
Walter Colombaioni Stunts
Antonella Cozza Makeup
Michael Cristofer Original Story
Umberto De Luca Stunts
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Kimberly Dimi Original Story, Screenwriter
Alessandro Filippi Makeup
Mark Gordon Producer
Rosella Gregorio Makeup
David Gropman Production Designer
Jeffrey Hatcher Screenwriter
Leslie Holleran Producer
Federica Iocoponi Makeup
Priscilla John Casting
Ronna Kress Casting
Sue Lefton Choreography
Gianluca Leurini Production Manager
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Bruno Di Luia Stunts
Michela Mainenti Makeup
Piero Marsiglio Makeup
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Adam Merims Executive Producer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Emilio Novelli Stunts
Claudio Pacifico Stunts
Roy Prendergast Musical Arrangement
Dino Raini Sound Mixer
Mariangela Righetti Makeup
Marco Sacerdoti Camera Operator
Guido Salsilli Production Manager
Silvano Scasseddu Special Effects
Ivan Sharrock Sound Mixer
Kimberly Simi Original Story, Screenwriter
Caterina Sisto Makeup
Vittorio Sodano Makeup
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Emanuele Tasca Makeup
Tito Tomassini Stunts
Pietro Torrisi Stunts
Luca Tranchino Art Director
Lilia Trapani Casting
Massimiliano Ubaldi Stunts
Ronaldo Zamperla Stunts
Annamaria Zamperla Stunts
Alessandra Zampieri Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Casanova
1. Opening Credits/Irresistible [7:55]
2. Help From Above [5:58]
3. Marriage Plans [5:36]
4. Duel at Dawn [7:42]
5. Secrets and Confessions [10:45]
6. Visitors to Venice [8:59]
7. Francesca's Fiancé [8:17]
8. Dealing With Problems [8:12]
9. Carnevale [14:06]
10. One Step Closer to Heaven [11:25]
11. Trial and Escape [14:05]
12. The Man Who Was Casanova/End Credits [8:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Casanova
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      Creating an Adventure
      Dressing in Style
      Extended Sequence: "Hidden in Plain Sight"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Heath's best roles ever (Next to the Joker)

    This movie can only make me breathe one word: beautiful. Not only were Heath and Sienna amazing in their roles as Casanova and Francesca, I loved the comic releif, the sword fighting, the romance, and best of all the setting: Venice. It felt like I was actually in that time period so realistic and beautiful. The costumes were spontanious! The colors and the movie just blew me away! I highly recommemd this movie to anyone who loves romantic comdies.

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