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There's no greater adventure than true love 

Year: 2005 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Casanova

Director: Lasse Hallström

Starring: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt, Lena Olin

A master of disguise and wit, it was said no woman could resist Casanova’s (Ledger) amorous charms. But for the first time in his life, he is about to meet his match in an alluring Venetian beauty, Francesca (Miller). Through a series of scheming ruses, he manages to get closer to her but he’s playing a dangerous game; one that risks his life and reputation, along with his only chance at true passion.

Casanova is structured as a flashback told by the eponymous legendary lover. It is a delightful comedy and farce with a cast of talented actors. Ledger is witty, breezy and confident as the renowned seductor whilst Miller holds her own with a sparkly personality. Her character is earnest and determined, with just enough mischief to keep her from becoming pompous. They manage to generate chemistry amidst the wigs and ball gowns. The supporting cast give some detailed performances with Platt, Olin (as Francesca’s mother) and Omid Djalili (as Casanova’s loyal valet) providing much of the comic relief throughout the film.

Hallström effortlessly conveys the beauty of Venice which provides the perfect backdrop for a tale of love and mistaken identity. The script is cheeky and the story tumbles along its eccentric path with many a twist before the tale is finally told. The film’s charm glosses over any script weaknesses. Although a little predictable, this is still very watchable. The casts’ energy is infectious and there’s a jaunty tone throughout that keeps the audience engaged.

Sarah Hall

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Screenings of this film:

2005/2006 Summer Term (35mm)