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FELLINI'S CASANOVA

Directed by FEDERICO FELLINI Screenplay by FEDERICO FELLINI and BERNARDINO ZAPPONI

What a brilliant subject for a Fellini movie—and what a disappointing treatment of it. Seducer, charlatan, scribbler, dabbler in black magic, Giacomo Casanova was that most magnetic of figures, the legend with nothing lofty about him. Born in a glittering Venice that was rife with disease and intrigue, he was equally at home in scenes of Watteau-like elegance or Hogarthian stench. He roamed the capitals of Europe, living by his wits, his nerve and a nice instinct for when to get...

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