Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (Fellini’s Casanova)
Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1976, DCP, 155 min., Italian w/ English subtitles
Years before Stanley Kubrick‘s attempt to adapt Carlo Collodi's classic tale Pinocchio, his AI (Artificial Intelligence) ended in Spielberg-ian ruin, director Federico Fellini undertook the epic adventures of this wanton puppet. His efforts ultimately led to Fellini's Casanova, a historical biopic that is at once exactingly authentic and fairy-tale fantastic, with a long-nosed Donald Sutherland cast as the famous libertine.
journeys across the magic landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, in-and-out of
prison dungeons, outrageous court parties, bizarre fertility rites and Olympic
orgies in quest of sexual and political conquest. With cathedral-scale
sets and Academy Award-winning costumes by Danilo Donati, Fellini's
stunning images are at their most potent.
Fellini’s Casanova undresses male hubris, reveals self-delusion and exposes the dehumanizing puppetry of a hedonistic culture. This ain’t Disney.