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May 11, 2006

Casanova - 6

This film was better than I expected. I took on almost Shakespearean qualities with the fake identities and the comedy and confusion that ensue. This story is about the famous Giacomo Casanova (played by Heath Ledger), who seduces women until he meets a women who philosophizes about the meaning of love and steals his heart all for herself. The film plays on the idea that Casanova is both a real person as well as a legend. Taking place in 1753 in Venice, this film has plenty of old costumes, dueling, and extravagant parties. Probably a bit too idealized picture of the times, but fun and entertaining none the less. Oliver Platt is great as the visiting lard merchant from Genoa.

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