Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence

Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano (literally Childhood, Vocation, and First Experience of Giacomo Casanova, Venetian, internationally released as Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence and Casanova: His Youthful Years) is a 1969 Italian comedy film directed by Luigi Comencini.[1] It tells of the youth named Casanova, who, after an unhappy childhood and early ecclesiastical activity in Venice, became an abbot and abandoned his vocation for the love of a countess. Despite the plot, more than a portrait of Casanova, the film wants to be a vivid fresco of the Venetian society of the time.[2][3]

Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Written byLuigi Comencini
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
StarringLeonard Whiting
Lionel Stander
Maria Grazia Buccella
Music byFiorenzo Carpi
CinematographyAiace Parolin
Edited byNino Baragli
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Running time
102 min


In 1742 in Venice, the young Giacomo Casanova is in a great trouble. A few years previously, in the seminary in Padua, Giacomo had experienced his first love, though he was destined to be a priest. While Giacomo now follows the seminary, the young noble is to sneak into a palace of beautiful girls and spend the night. One day, Giacomo falls in love with a beautiful countess, so he decides to abandon his studies to become a priest for being a daring libertine.



  1. "La "dolce,, educazione di Giacomo Casanova". La Stampa. January 7, 1970. p. 6.
  2. Jean A. Gili. Luigi Comencini. Gremese Editore, 2005. pp. 63–66.
  3. Orio Caldiron, Matilde Hochkofler. Scrivere Il Cinema: Suso Cecchi D'Amico. Dedalo, 1988. pp. 103–104.

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