Casanova & Co.

Casanova & Co. is a 1977 fictional period soft porn comedy film starring Tony Curtis. It had many titles during its international release. These are Casanova & Company (Italy), Casanova - sänkykamarivaras (Finland), Enas trellos, poly trellos Kazanovas (Greece), Hilfe, ich bin eine männliche Jungfrau (West Germany), Sex on the Run (United States) (reissue title), Some Like It Cool (USA), The Amorous Mis-Adventures of Casanova (United States) (video title), The Rise and Rise of Casanova (United Kingdom), and Treize femmes pour Casanova (France)).[1]

Casanova & Company
Directed byFranz Antel as Francois Legrand
Produced byFranz Antel
Carl Szokoll
Written byTom Priman
Joshua Sinclair
StarringTony Curtis
Jean Lefebvre
Marisa Berenson
Britt Ekland
Music byRiz Ortolani
CinematographyHanns Matula
Edited byMichel Lewin
Distributed byPRO International Pictures
(USA 1979)
Prima Film
(Canada 1979)
Monterey Home Video
(USA VHS 1996
Release date
  • 1 March 1977 (1977-03-01) (Italy)
Running time
104 minutes (Germany)
100 minutes (U.S.)
CountryAustria
Italy
France
LanguageGerman
English (dubbed)

The action revolves around the adventures of Giacomo Casanova with various women, and takes place during the state visit to the Republic of Venice of the Middle-Eastern entourage of a mythical Caliph of Shiraz, anomalously dominated by his sexually hungry wife, styled Calipha.[2]

Plot

While hiding from the royal authorities, Giacomo Casanova (Tony Curtis), the famous romancer, encounters his look-alike: Giacomino, a fugitive petty con man. Meanwhile, the Caliph and his wife arrive in Venice for a state visit, and she insists on a night with the legendary lover. Through a series of erotic encounters and mistaken-identity comedies, Giacomo and Giacomino make their way back to Venice for their appointment with the Caliph's wife.[2][3]

Differing edits

The initial English-language export version was prepared under the title Casanova & Company and ran 100 minutes. When released in U.S. theatres by PRO International under the titles Some Like it Cool and Sex on the Run, some trimming was performed, a brief prologue depicting the present-day Las Vegas strip of casinos with a narrator comparing the impending story's events to high-stakes gambling was added, and the credits altered to feature just the retitling and the prime star names at the beginning, with the remainder of the previous title sequence placed at the end, sandwiched between closing credit frames. This version was subsequently released on VHS by Vestron Video (under their short-lived "Wanderlust Video" sub-label), and reissued in the '90's by Monterey. When the film was reissued on DVD in 2004 as The Amorous Mis-Adventures of Casanova, the Las Vegas intro was removed, a new videoburned title was placed at the front (with a new copyright line at the bottom of the frame), and the exit music was omitted, shortening the running time further.

Cast

Critical response

  • In a way, the United States title of Some Like It Cool was a piquant comment on the career of star Tony Curtis, whose stardom had chilled since his 1959 appearance in Some Like It Hot. This time around, Curtis plays famed 18th-century lover Giacomo Casanova. The plot would have us believe that Casanova has suddenly turned impotent, and is deploying all manner of subterfuge to hide the fact. One of Casanova's stratagems is to hire a look-alike (also Curtis) to uphold his reputation between the sheets. The stellar supporting cast — Marisa Berenson, Hugh Griffith, Britt Ekland et al. — seem far more embarrassed by their tawdry, topless surroundings than Curtis, who steamrolls his way through the film with the same dogged determination that he'd demonstrated in his "Yonda lies the castle of my fadduh" formative years.[2][3]

Video releases

DVD release October 5, 2004[5]

See also

References

  1. mcomet.com Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Casanova & Co. alternate titles, Retrieved 10-28-2008
  2. tcm.com, Casanova & Co. at Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 10-26-2008
  3. showbizdata.com, Casanova & Co. at Showbizdata, Retrieved 10-26-2008
  4. tcm.com, Casanova & Co. complete cast and crew listing at Turner Classic Movies, Retrieved 10-26-2008
  5. aveleyman.com, DVD release information, Retrieved 10-26-2008
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