Casanova seduction

by Matt Savage

Last night while browsing through the movie listings I noticed the movie Casanova, the 2005 version with Heath Ledger. I figured that even though the movie itself didn’t look that great, I could still capitalize on learning from a movie about one of the world’s greatest lovers. So, I settled in and watched intently as the ever so dreamy Heath Ledger went to work.

Though the movie’s production wasn’t all that great as I had suspected, Heath does play an excellent Giacomo Casanova. I feel that the main thing that I could take away from this movie is the attitude and body language of the Casanova character. From every step in his walk, to the gestures of his hands, and the tonality of his voice, he is constantly displaying confidence. Ledger clearly hits the role as THE alpha male in every scene.

I’ll admit before watching this, I really didn’t know anything about Casanova. I did a bit of research on Wikipedia and found some interesting things. According to his book ,Histoire de ma vie (The Story of My Life), Casanova had slept with 122 women in his lifetime. One of the more interesting facts, which isn’t even mentioned in the movie, is that he had escaped from The Leads prison by tunneling out with an iron bar, never to be caught. Apparently, his escape story became a main part of Casanova’s seduction style, as he would always get invited to parties and dinners just so people could here his famous rendition of the escape.

So what did I learn from this movie? 1. Reinforcement of good body language and voice tonality, 2. Always have a good story to tell.

Now that I know a little bit more about Casanova, I definitely want to get to know more about him. I will certainly add his memoirs to my reading list – The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova.

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