Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Case Study No. 0448: Giacomo Casanova

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From wikipedia.org:

"Casanova" is a 2005 British television comedy drama serial, written by television scriptwriter Russell T Davies and directed by Sheree Folkson.

Telling the story of the life of 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, based on his own twelve-volume memoirs, the one-hour episodes star Peter O'Toole as the older Casanova looking back on his life, and David Tennant as the younger version.

"Episode 1" (13 March 2005) - Castle Dux, Bohemia, 1798. Casanova, now a penniless librarian in his seventies, begins to tell his life story to Edith, a young kitchen maid in the castle he works in. We return to Casanova's childhood and humble beginnings as the son of an actor in Venice. As a young man he studies for the priesthood, but is expelled from his seminary, then meets and falls in love with Henriette... but the Duke of Grimani wants Henriette for himself. While living on his wits and as a mystic, does a good deed for Bragadin and comes into a fortune. Bragadin offers to adopt him and Henriette agrees to marry him. Grimani, enraged, has Casanova arrested and charged with witchcraft, but he escapes from prison.

"Episode 2" (20 March 2005) - Casanova flees Venice, taking with him Giac (pronounced 'Jack'), his young illegitimate son by a previous liaison, and Rocco, his servant. Casanova heads for Paris, as he knows that Venetian ambassadors abroad are able to grant pardons.

"Episode 3" (27 March 2005) - We follow the young Casanova's adventures in London - where he glimpses Henriette and tricks his way into court circles - and in Naples, where he meets an old friend. Still living on his wits, Casanova makes and loses fortunes and also enjoys other conquests. Back in the present, Edith realises that Casanova himself is now very sick and getting near his end. Edith tells Casanova that Henriette, who had died six months previously, is coming to visit as Casanova himself slowly dies smiling. The episode closes with a scene of Henriette and Casanova dancing and together at last.


From imdb.com:

[Casanova, in his seventies and dressed in regal attire, approaches the female cook]
Older Casanova: Excuse me. I've had no food. It's gone past twenty-o'clock and no one's delivered my meal.
Cook: [sarcastic] What's that, sir? You've had nothing, sir? Oh, I can't apologize enough, sir. We've got pigeon, and beef, and I can top it off with this, sir. Lovely bit of crayfish sauce ...
[she throws a pot of sauce in his face]
Cook: Have some bloody sauce! It's "do this", and "do that", get your own bloody food! Do you want seconds?
Older Casanova: [calmly] Your master shall hear of this.
Cook: You'll have to shout, he's in Madrid. And he's your master, don't forget, so don't get clubby! You're no better than me!
[Casanova leaves, and the cook turns her attention back to Edith the kitchen maid]
Cook: Now then ... spice boxes, that's right. Oh, and the same with the salt box, keep it separate.
Edith: So ... does that man work here?
Cook: Course he does. He's the librarian ... Oh, he might dress like a lord, but he's only a servant, same as you and me.
Edith: What's his name?
Cook: Giacomo Casanova.
Edith: Really? Any relation?
Cook: Who to?
Edith: "The" Casanova?
Cook: Whoever he is. How should I know?
Edith: There was a man with that name, years ago, in Venice--
Cook: Do you want this job or not? Then stop the chat, and do some work!


Edith: Is it all going to be like this?
Older Casanova: Like what?
Edith: Pornography.
Older Casanova: No. Pornography's over there, second shelf on the left.


From wikipedia.org:

In 1785, after Foscarini died, Casanova began searching for another position. A few months later, he became the librarian to Count Joseph Karl von Waldstein, a chamberlain of the emperor, in the Castle of Dux, Bohemia (Duchcov Castle, Czech Republic). The Count-himself a Freemason, cabalist, and frequent traveler-had taken to Casanova when they had met a year earlier at Foscarini's residence. Although the job offered security and good pay, Casanova describes his last years as boring and frustrating, even though it was the most productive time for writing. His health had deteriorated dramatically and he found life among peasants to be less than stimulating. He was only able to make occasional visits to Vienna and Dresden for relief. Although Casanova got on well with the Count, his employer was a much younger man with his own eccentricities. The Count often ignored him at meals and failed to introduce him to important visiting guests. Moreover, Casanova, the testy outsider, was thoroughly disliked by most of the other inhabitants of the Castle of Dux. Casanova's only friends seemed to be his fox terriers. In despair, Casanova considered suicide, but instead decided that he must live on to record his memoirs, which he did until his death.

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