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what an extraordinary film in all it's particulars, 28. Dezember 2005
The TV-Movie "Casanova" is amazing, it's as simple as that.
You can feel the energy, passion and effort put into this film. It starts out with an aged Giacomo Casanova sitting in an old castle as a lonely and bitter librarian, until a servant girl gets him to talk about his life as a young man in Venice and the events that built up his legendary reputation. In the course of events, the viewer goes on an emotional journey with the young man: he laughs with and about him, cries for him and feels for him.
The director managed to assemble a fantastic cast. David Tennant (Casanova) is a sensation. In this film, Casanova isn't just a pretty-faced and self-absorbed ladykiller. He is an amiable, witty and passionate young man with a good heart, whose energy and cheeky charme women simply couln't resist, without him ever trying really hard or putting on a show. He exudes a lust for life and an innocence that show in every look and every gesture. The supporting cast is excellent as well, especially Rose Byrne as the servant girl who brings the aged Casanova (Peter O'Toole) back to life and Rupert Penry-Jones as the Duke of Grimani, Casanovas rival for the love of Henriette. Penry-Jones doesn't portray Grimani as a villain, but delivers a fine and heartbreaking performance as a man deeply hurt by the knowledge that he can never win his wife's heart because it belongs to someone else. The only flaw is the fact that you can never quite understand why Casanova is so desperately in love with Henriette, she doesn't really get too much screen time and the few scenes she gets don't portray her as a very likeable person.
It is a comedy, judging from the amount of laughs I had while watching this, but a comedy with style and actual character development. At the same time it is a drama about the struggle of two men with a common aim, friendship (between Casanova and his manservant Rocco), and the realisation that exactly the attributes that might serve you well as a young man will at one point stop to work for you and leave you in a less than desirable situation. With a stirring score, a fast pace, lavish costumes and witty dialogue this film is moving till the end and you'll probably end up watching it all over again.
My advice: Go see it! Now! :)