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This frothy, oddly bloodless film does a disservice to the colorful life of the real Casanova.



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For the first time in his life, the legendary Casanova is about to meet his match with an alluring Venetian beauty, Francesca, who does the one thing he never thought possible: refuse him. Through a series of clever disguises and scheming ruses, he manages to get ever closer to Francesca. But he is playing the most dangerous game he has ever encountered - one that will risk not only his life and reputation, but his only chance at true passion.

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Heath Ledger
as Casanova
Sienna Miller
as Francesca Bruni
Oliver Platt
as Paprizzio
Lena Olin
as Andrea
Phil Davies
as Bernardo Guardi
Ken Stott
as Dalfonso
Helen McCrory
as Casanova's Mother
Leigh Lawson
as Mother's Lover/Tito
Tim McInnerny
as The Doge
Charlie Cox
as Giovanni Bruni
Paddy Ward
as Vittorio
Ben Moor
as Andolini
Lidia Biondi
as Casanova's Grandmother
Eugene Simon
as Casanova at 11
Robert Levine
as Cardinal Lopresta
Lauren Cohan
as Sister Beatrice
Danielle Baker
as Sister Magdalene
Clive Riche
as Prof. Bennetto
Marta Bellocchio
as Beautiful Masked Woman
Adriano Iurissevich
as Masked Casanova Actor
Niall Buggy
as Bookseller/Printer
Simonetta Bortolozzi
as Beautiful Woman in Bookshop
Francis Pardeilhan
as Customs Officer
Enzo Turrin
as Maggiordomo
Carolina Levi
as Bruni's Maid
Paola Pessot
as Lolling Street Walker
Elisabeth Riva
as Prostitute
Naike Rivelli
as Dark Haired Beauty
Sara Guerra
as Fair Haired Woman
Marta Paola Richeldi
as Another Woman
Giorgia Riccardi
as Another Beauty
Kristy Dibiccari
as Woman in Bookshop
Jessica Seaton
as Plain Woman in Bookshop
Anna Gaia Marchioro
as Plain Looking Woman
Lorenzo Felisatti
as Laughing Man
Roy Doliner
as Dalfonso's Secretary
Silvia Nanni
as Whispering Woman
Alessandro Bressanello
as Flunkey Captain
Katarina Volgyiova
as Society Woman
Davide Bozzato
as Drunken Reveller
Federico Scridel
as Casanova Actor
Manuella Massimi
as Lady Actress
Tommy Korberg
as Gondola Singer
Bryan Korenberg
as Man in Brothel
as Pig
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Critic Reviews for Casanova

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (41)

  • Overall, Casanova is silly but amusing.

    Jan 18, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • The sticky sweet stuff in the middle traps history's greatest lover and slows the whole affair to a crawl.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • The irony of [Sienna] Miller co-starring in a film about the world's most notorious lothario aside, there's not much to love about Casanova.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite its oh-so deviant title character, Casanova is a harmless bon-bon, a breezy period farce that mimics lesser Shakespeare and a look that recalls Amadeus or Shakespeare in Love.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A ribald, witty costume comedy filled with delightful performances and wily plot turns, this is the sort of film that makes you wonder why more films like this aren't made.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Casanova


Heath Ledger, Omid Djalili, Senna Miller, Charlie Cox, Lena Olin, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Dormer, Oliver Platt, Lauren Cohan DIRECTED BY: Lasse Hallstrom Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love. It was a good little movie I caught on T.V, today. Entertaining with a great cast. Had great costumes and a great scenery of Venice. What I thought would be a bit more of a serious movie ended up being a very humorous one. Enjoyed it.


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I took this journey mainly because of Heath Ledger. The fact that Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin & Oliver Platt were envolved also helped. But what I assumed would be a sort of lush period piece with a dash of period specific humor (a la' 'A Room With A View") ended up feeling more like a "slap-sticky" comedy of errors. Beautiful costumes, sets and location shots. Had I not been expecting a more realistic "period piece" type film, the cheesy over the top acting probably wouldn't have bothered me as much. In any case while the story is predictable, this was ammusing and a (mostly) enjoyable romp. It did make me a bit melancholy for the great things that I believe would have come from Mr. Ledger had he stayed with us longer.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

It was a good movie. But not my kind of movie

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Heath Ledger stars as the amorous adventurer who finally meets his match in the form of fiery academic Sienna Miller. Ledger is obviously having fun as the lovable rogue and it has all the ingredients for a fun period romp; bedroom shenanigans, humour and a dose of swashbuckling all in lavishly reproduced costume finery. The farcical elements did get a little too broad from time to time, and combined with the script that relies a little too much on contrivances and coincidence it almost felt like an upmarket Carry On film in places. As such I found it a little hard to believe that Jeremy Irons got involved in something so comparatively inconsequential as it can't compare to the depth and drama of something like Dangerous Liaisons, but it's always at least mildly amusing, and despite it's slight lack of substance it's a pleasant piece of undemanding confectionery.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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