- Casanova (film)
name = Casanova
caption = "Casanova" film poster
Heath Ledger Jeremy Irons Sienna Miller Oliver Platt Natalie Dormer
Mark Gordon Betsy Beers
December 25, 2005
runtime = 108 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0402894|
The film opens with a young woman tearfully leaving her son to live with his grandmother. She promises to come back for her boy. Several years later, in
1753, in Venice, Casanova, portrayed by Heath Ledger, is notorious for his success and promiscuitywith women, his adventures being represented in puppet theatres around the city. The Doge, the ruler of the city, is sympathetic to Casanova, but cannot be too lenient to avoid trouble with the church. He warns Casanova that he must soon marry or he will be exiled from the city.
Casanova is in love with Francesca (
Sienna Miller), who writes illegal feminist books under the name of a man, Bernardo Guardi, and argues for women's right as Dr Giordano de Padua. However, her mother ( Lena Olin) pushes her to marry Paprizzio ( Oliver Platt), a corpulent rich man from Genoa, whom she has never seen. When Paprizzio arrives in Venice, Casanova lies to him and says that the hotel he booked is closed and he persuades him to stay at his house. Casanova also lies and says that his nom de plume is Bernardo Guardi. While Paprizzio, preparing to visit Francesca, stays at Casanova's house, Casanova visits Francesca, pretending to be Paprizzio.
Venetian Carnival, Casanova confesses his true identity to Francesca, which makes her angry. Casanova is arrested by the Venetian Inquisitionfor crimes against sexual morality, such as debaucheryand heresywith a novice. However, he saves Francesca by pretending to be Bernardo Guardi, which impresses her very much. At his trial, Francesca reveals that it is in fact she who is Bernardo Guardi, and both are sentenced to death. Just as Casanova and Francesca are about to be hanged in the Piazza San Marco, they are saved by an announcement that the Pope gave amnesty to all prisoners who were to be executed on that day, as it was the Pope's birthday. It is later discovered that the "Cardinal" who gave the announcement was actually an impostor who happens to be Casanova's stepfather, wedded to his long-lost mother who came back for him just as she promised when Casanova was a child. As they all escape on Paprizzio's boat, Francesca's brother, Giovanni ( Charlie Cox), stays behind to continue Casanova's legendary womanizing ways.
Heath Ledger- Giacomo Casanova
Sienna Miller- Francesca Bruni
Jeremy Irons- Pucci
Oliver Platt- Paprizzio
Natalie Dormer- Victoria
Lena Olin- Andrea Bruni
Omid Djalili- Lupo
Stephen Greif- Donato
Ken Stott- Dalfonso
Helen McCrory- Casanova's mother
Leigh Lawson- Tito
Tim McInnerny- The Doge of Venice
Charlie Cox- Giovanni Bruni
Lauren Cohan- Sister Beatrice
Filming began on July 9 2004, and the finished film was released in the United States on September 3 2005. Visual effects for the film were produced by
Custom Film Effectsand Illusion Arts. Period costumes were supplied by four different Italian costume houses: Tirelli Costumi, Nicolao Atelier, Costumi d'Arteand G.P. 11, and shoes were manufactured by L.C.P. di Pompei.
Despite being set in Venice, some scenes were filmed in
Vicenza, particularly the Teatro Olimpico, the Renaissancetheater known for its intricate forced perspectivestage design.
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* [http://video.movies.go.com/casanova/ Casanova - The Official DVD Website]
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