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Casanova '701965

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  • 3.9
Nominated for an Academy AwardпїЅ for Best Screenplay, CASANOVA '70 is a raucously funny romp starring Marcello Mastroianni at his charismatic peak. Directed by Italian comedy legend Mario Monicelli (BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET), as army officer Andrea (Mastroianni) dealing with a particularly strange case of impotence: his libido only gets aroused in the middle of near-death experiences. So while candle-lit dinners leave him cold, a female lion tamer or a General's wife expand his lust to dangerous proportions. After a visit to a psychoanalyst, he fears his vice will lead to an early grave. He attempts to live as a celibate with the virginal beauty Gigliola (Virna Lisi) but he is only delaying his inevitable descent back into sin. Packed with bed-hopping hijinks, a parade of gorgeous actresses and Mastroianni's hilariously dry wit, CASANOVA '70 is a colorfully ribald gem from the Golden Age of Italian comedy.

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Winner of "Best Actor" and "Best Director" at the 1965 San Sebastián International Film Festival.


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I just love these mid-60's Italian sex comedies! This one is also a feast for the eyes, in glorious Technicolor.

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I just love these mid-60's Italian sex comedies! This one is also a feast for the eyes, in glorious Technicolor.

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Marcello is always great entertainment.

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3.5 totally ridiculous silly & dumb but it's fun & silly_Marcello is really fun & the girls Virna Lisi & Marisa Mell are beautiful so it's all sort of delightful

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Mario Monicelli's Casanova '70 is an utterly pretentious farce.

But this farce is executed with such an innovative storyline, and such great acting by Marcello Mastroianni, and a production that exudes style and class at every turn, that this farce is transformed in an very effective piece of cinematic storytelling, The ultimate coup de theatre in this rather convoluted, and improbable tale is the court scene, where the Major's whole amorous history is put "on trial", replete with a witness list that includes not only all of his sympathetic former love interests, but his psychiatrist too, who is all too happy to tell the court about his patient's rather peculiar, and hilarious "sexual hang up".

The cinematography is really good too, as it scans across the widely divergent settings that make this film so interesting to view.

Mastroianni, in his very effective comic portrayal shows us yet another aspect of the great breadth of his acting abilities that qualifies him as one of the all time greats.

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MM is charismatic? He comes across as a pompous twit. I chose to bail out after 10 minutes.

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Somewhat dated comedy but still Mastroiani at his top form...reminiscent of his role in Divorce Italian Style with Sophia Loren. Unfortunately, the version I saw had two problems, common to many Fandor offerings: in streaming the movie, the subtitles are so small that you need to be glued to the screen to see them, plus they are out of sync with the action. Besides, streaming seems to be difficult for Fandor. Many of the movies are jerky and stop and go...

WHAT CAN ANYONE SAY ABOUT A MASTRIANI MOVIE. I AM NOT TO FAMILIAR WITH Monicelli the director but this is where many movies with Mastriani go. Great acting, great cinema, great everything.

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Quintessential 1960's Italian film.

You gotta love Mastroniani.