Casanova

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Directed bySheree Folkson

Year: 2005/ 2 episodes

Plot: A jumble of young Casanova’s sex exploits, minus the actual sex, as recounted by old Casanova. In this take on the story, the world’s greatest lover was something of a cross between a high school prankster and your younger brother, neither smart nor engaging, and stripped of any charisma.

Pros: None. Netflix describes this peace as ‘steamy’ and it is – a steamy piece of crap.

Cons: What’s the point of telling the story of Casanova if you censor the sex out??? Also – some efforts to modernize age-old stories or revive stilted texts by filming them with a modern score and interpretative costumes work. Others, like Casanova, don’t. And when an experiment like that fails, it really, really fails. But we could live with the aesthetics of this movie if the plot was even remotely engaging, or if Peter O’Toole’s old Casanova wasn’t completely revolting. Coup de grâce though is, sadly, David Tennant – finding him seductive requires too much of a suspension of disbelief.

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