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Casanova and Francesca exchange a moment of passion.

Do you have your eye on that adorable Applebee’s waitress? Do you feel different when your eyes lock, and yet do not know how to strike a conversation with that beautiful woman that runs in your mind all the day long? Should you feel out of place, do not worry because “Casanova” will teach you the art of seduction that disarms women to surrender.

Casanova movie cover.

In the movie by the same name, Casanova (Heath Ledger) is portrayed as a master of love who can conquer women’s hearts and disable their resistance and inhibitions. His capacity to allure a woman and merely share one single night with her is a trademark that Casanova possesses. Nobody truly knows how he does it. All we know that this man has game that dazzles its counterparts.

Promiscuity and Casanova were a vice that the Roman Catholic Church fought with severe punishments. At the beginning of the film, Casanova is caught womanizing and subsequently condemned to death. Nevertheless, Casanova is not without connection, an associate managed to intervene and attenuate the punishment of death to exile from the town should he fail to find a spouse.

Casanova’s stubbornness refused to adhere to the possibility of exile from Venice. Thus, he goes to seduce a young woman (Natalie Dormer) to marriage. However, the young lady is coincidently a target of affection from Giovanni, the neighbor who lives with his mother  and a sister named Francesca.

 Giovanni attempts to ruin Casanova’s plan by challenging him to a sword fight, however, Giovanni asks Francesca to fight instead of him because the odds are against him. Francesca is masked and the movie takes a new tone. 

Francesca fought so well and with flair that she captures Casanova’s keen interest. Nevertheless, Francesca denies his advances because she waits for her affluent fiancé who she has never gazed upon. The arrangement was orchestrated by Francesca’s mother because of a lack of financial security in the family.

Casanova and Francesca exchange a moment of passion.

Heath Lodger is a terrific actor; he shows that he has range and can play two drastically different roles, from gay in “Brokeback Mountain” to Casanova himself. However, Lodger is not intoxicated with the material. He merely creates opportunities for comedy to transpire organically; he zooms in his intents toward the seductive features of his persona with charm and flair. Undoubtedly, he was rightly cast for the character.


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