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Society and Spectacle

Fellini’s Casanova

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini

Fellini casts a critical eye on the antics of the notorious 18th-century seducer.

Image from Fellini’s Casanova

Italy 1976
Dir Federico Fellini
With Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cecely Browne, Carmen Scarpitta
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Shot on a vast scale in Rome’s Cinecittà studios with hundreds of extras and elaborate set and (Oscar®-winning) costume design, Fellini’s Casanova is far from fawning hagiography. The director saw his adaptation of Giacomo Casanova’s memoirs as a chance to puncture the myth surrounding the legendary lothario. Key to Fellini’s approach was his fashioning of lead actor Donald Sutherland into what he colorfully termed a ‘sperm-filled waxwork.’

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