Casanova (2005, USA) C-108m. SCOPE ** D: Lasse Hallström. Starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt, Lena Olin, Omid Djalili, Stephen Greif. Biographical dramedy about the life of Giacomo Casanova, the world-famous adulterer, who roamed the channels of Venice, Italy, in the mid-18th century. Here, he is forced to become chaste and marry, or else he must leave the city. Fine production design, but plot is predictable and there is too little action or laughs. A tame movie, which does not live up the title character's wild bio. Good cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. From the director of CHOCOLAT (2000).

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