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Casanova (David Tennant, Doctor Who) takes us from the decadent streets of the 18th Century Venice to the salons of pre-revolution Paris, and on to the London courts of George III, until a trip to Naples finally breaks Casanova’s heart. In the Age of Reason and Science, gambling and gallantries, of pleasure and entertainment, Casanova has it all and does it all. In turn he is a violinist, a priest, a gambler, a lottery director and an intellectual. He is both peasant and nobleman, rich and poor. But he is one thing above all others, a lover. Sex is Casanova’s lifeblood. But he is never casual nor flippant. He loves with total commitment and total sincerity, however temporarily. He sleeps with courtesans, actresses and even a nun. His life is dedicated to pleasure. But one thing eludes him throughout his life, perfect happiness with his one true love Henriette (Laura Fraser, Breaking Bad). 44 years later, Casanova (Peter O’Toole), now a penniless librarian in a castle, meets Edith (Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids), a young parlour maid. Something in Edith ignites the old passion in Casanova and he finds himself regaling her with tales of his adventures. Fast paced and edgy, this series alternates between the gripping love triangle involving the young Casanova, the love of his life, and her husband, Grimani (Rupert Penry-Jones, Silk) and the swan song of the world’s most infamous Lothario.
|1||VideoCasanova, Pt. 1||Castle Dux, Bohemia, 1798. Casanova, now a penniless librarian in his seventies, begins to tell his life story to Edith, a young kitchen maid in the castle he works in. We return to Casanova's childhood and humble beginnings as the son of an actor in Venice. As a young man he studies for the priesthood, but is expelled from his seminary, then meets and falls in love with Henriette. But the Duke of Grimani wants Henriette for himself. While living on his wits and as a mystic, Casanova does a good deed for Bragadin and comes into a fortune. Bragadin offers to adopt him and Henriette agrees to marry him. Grimani, enraged, has Casanova arrested and charged with witchcraft, but he escapes from prison.||1:25:45||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoCasanova, Pt. 2||We follow the young Casanova's adventures in London, where he glimpses Henriette and tricks his way into court circles, and in Naples, where he meets an old friend. Still living on his wits, Casanova makes and loses fortunes and also enjoys other conquests. Back in the present, Edith realises that Casanova himself is now very sick and getting near his end. Edith tells Casanova that Henriette, who had died six months previously, is coming to visit as Casanova himself slowly dies smiling. The episode closes with a scene of Henriette and Casanova dancing and together at last.||1:26:04||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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Excellent portrayal of Casanova
When this came on telly I loved it so it's great to find it on iTunes. Typically of Russell T Davies, this Casanova played by David Tennant is witty, charming and full of adventure. The soundtrack is stunning, script fantastically acted and I would highly recommend this purchase.