A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.
Casanova is in love with Francesca, who thinks he is a friend of himself even though he is engaged to Victoria, who is the love of Giovanni, Francesca's brother. Francesca is betrothed to Paprizzio who thinks Casanova is the feminist writer Guardi, who is really Francessca's nomme de plume. Amidst all these secret identities and misunderstandings, the Catholic Church sends Pucci to bring Casanova and Guardi to trial for heresy.Written by
The soundtrack uses an orchestra on instruments from the 18th century, staying true to the period setting of the film. It is a consortium of players from various early music ensembles in the US including the American Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Baroque, and Tafelmusik. The works are mostly derived from composers active in Venice at the time, some original music by Alexandre Desplat was used with the orchestra on original instruments. See more »
Casanova is a story set in 1762 Venice. But, when Casanova sees a virgin being carried around and say: "Lupo, we have had a vision!", the statue of the Virgin being carried around is the Virgin of Lourdes; which corresponds to the visions of Bernadette Soubirous in 1858". See more »
Who cares if the plot adheres to the facts, this is a lighthearted movie not intended to be take seriously! It is a romp around the most beautiful city in the world. The wonderful music carefully selected and very well performed is just a joy, and the actors all camp it up with a wealth of nuance, subtlety and verve. It conveys all the joy of life of this city and this period when noblemen and lesser mortals dressed up and paraded the canal-sides and passages and bridges, masked to preserve identity and equality.
Almost a Moulin Rouge backdrop at times with almost circus-like pranks. Not intended to be taken seriously-get it? A romp, a party, an opera, and wonderful fun.
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