(2005) Directed by Lasse Hallström. Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons. (112 min.) R
The world’s greatest lover meets his match in this merry romp through 18th-century Venice. Heath Ledger’s purring voice and swashbuckling allure reveal Casanova as an unexpected philosopher: Be the flame, not the moth. A feast for the eyes, using Venetian locations never before seen on screen, and designed to complement the burnished reds, glittering golds, and grayish blues of Venetian painting.
“Wholly enjoyable . . . It’s an absurdly joyous bit of fluff” (salon.com).