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CASONOVA is loosely based on the memoirs of the writer, adventurer, and infamous lover Giacomo Casanova--themselves notably unreliable--and fortunately has no pretensions to historical realism. Instead, it's a witty, lighthearted romantic comedy, which uses its 18th century setting and renowned hero as a jumping-off point for sexy banter and ruminations on love, lust, and freedom. Directed with visual flair and wit by Lasse Hallstr?m--a master of classy period pieces like CHOCOLAT and CIDER HOUSE RULES--the movie was filmed on location in Venice, and the stunningly gorgeous scenery is almost a character in its own right. Heath Ledger, believable and engaging here in a role that couldn't be more different from his powerhouse performance in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, turns on all of his considerable charms here. Abandoned by his mother as a child, Casanova has grown into a lascivious yet oddly innocent young man, who pursues pleasure wholeheartedly and mistakes lust for love. His biggest concern is eluding Italy'...
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CastOliver Platt
DirectorLasse Hallström
Release Date:  2005
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment (April 25, 2006)
Runtime:  1hr 51min
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review by . August 13, 2007
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Pros: Costumes and set, can be funny at times      Cons: Unnecessary plot twists, fails at being funny more often than not      The Bottom Line: 10 Things I Hate about You is funnier and is essentially the same story.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      Lasse Hallström’s Casanova just never quite makes it off the launch pad, due to the Gordian knot of …
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