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Author Topic: Casanova `70 (Mario Monicelli, 1965)  (Read 1483 times)

Andrew Monroe

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Casanova `70 (Mario Monicelli, 1965)
« on: 20 Feb 2008 - 13:06 »

I see this Italian comedy is available on dvd from Optimum. Despite the fact that it was nominated for an Oscar and even had a VHS release here in the states, I must confess I`ve never seen it. The cast is pretty amazing - there`s Marcello Mastroianni, Marisa Mell, Margaret Lee, Rosemary Dexter, Enrico Maria Salerno, Michele Mercier, and Virna Lisi among others! The few comments at IMDb are quite positive for the most part, one even compares it to the Marx Brothers. Anyone here seen it? Any reports on the dvd? It`s got english subs and is in stock at Xploited, btw. This sounds well worth a look, and Rosemary Dexter`s name has quickened my pulse... 8)
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Andrew Monroe

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Re: Casanova `70 (Mario Monicelli, 1965)
« Reply #1 on: 12 Mar 2008 - 18:26 »

I did end up picking this up, gave it a watch last week. More mildly amusing than laugh out loud funny, but the film is engaging and entertaining and the odd scene or two is pretty funny. Mastroianni is an unfortunate fellow who can only achieve sexual pleasure when an element of danger is involved. He relates his sad story to psychoanalylist Enrico Maria Salerno (who, in the funniest bit, admits he wears fishnet stockings!) as we see flashbacks to each episode. The longest and best story featured Marisa Mell - looking stunning as usual - as an unhappy wife who tries to trick Marcello into killing her deaf husband. But is he really deaf, and what if he has murderous plans of his own? Rosemary Dexter and Margaret Lee are sadly limited to brief but equally gorgeous appearances. Capped off with a nice Trovajoli score, I`d say this film is worth a look for fans of frothy 60s comedies but proceed with caution if you`re expecting anything more substantial.
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