Season 1 Episode 3

Part 3

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 27, 2005 on BBC Three
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Part 3
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 realizes that Casanova may be wrong in believing Henriette is dead. But Casanova himself is now very sick and getting near his end.moreless

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  • This is a story of one man whose dream never comes to fruition. His one goal was to return to Venice, his Garden of Eden, to be reunited with, his forbidden fruit, Henriette once more.moreless

    This story encapsulates a fairytale very much akin to a Shakespearian play, with moments of comedy, romance and tragedy all combining to keep the audience (Edith) fixated and desirous for more.

    Like many incredible fairytales, Casanova reminds us all seven of the most important lessons. The first, that you cannot always have what you want. The second, if you are lucky enough to get what you want you might find that life is not all that desirable. The third, seize the moment, because you might get thrown out of Venice and never be allowed to return home. The fourth, every man has his limits. The fifth, true love never dies. The sixth, too much filandering is a dangerous path to contracting a Venereal disease which seems to have afflicted Casanova and could have led to his death.

    The last scene appears to be indicative of Casanova and Henriette finally meeting up together in the afterlife, which proves to us all the seventh lesson that good things come to those who desire it the most.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (when faced with his children together)
      Jack: It's not like I love her, it's just sex. That's what you taught me.
      Casanova: That's not what I meant.

    • Grimani: You keep running and I'll keep waiting ... neither one of us can have her.

    • Grimani: She was mine first, that's what everyone forgets. I was with her first, and you just strode in. How did you ... I'm asking you ... how did you make her love you, what did you do?

    • Casanova: Now you see the puzzle is, if I were married to Henriette, and separated by hundreds of miles, I'd do anything to be with her. To hell with the job, I'd resign, I'd walk barefoot. Yet you seem decidedly static, why is that? I don't suppose you're having problems? In the marital bed, perhaps? Dare I suggest on your side of the bed. Bit of trouble with the old... [whistles] If you need advice, I'm very good.
      Grimani: How could you possibly advise me? You're a con-man, I'm an ambassador. I have a wife, you have whores. I have children, you have a bastard.
      Casanova: Look, if you want a measuring contest I'll drop my pants right now and I'll win.
      Casanova: You sound more in love with men than women.
      Casanova: Men I understand. I know what men think about, all day long. Those stupid little inches, driving you mad every waking hour. I know exactly what's going on in your head. Is it big? Is it big enough? Is it hard enough, will it work every time on demand; cause that's the only thing, that is the only bastard question - am I any good in bed? Is every other man better than me? Is every other man bigger and faster and slower and longer and deeper and harder - what am I doing wrong? How do I find out, cause no one ever talks about it, no one ever says. How can I ever find out what I'm doing wrong? [pause] Ask me.

    • (When asked why he rented a room to a prostitute in London).
      Casanova: Rocco, let me tell you about the English. They like rain. They like gravy. They like warm beer. Masturbation. Romantic fiction. And above all else they like scandal. I am the Italian with the whore, they've never seen anything like it.

    • Casanova: It's been such a long time. I wanted Venice, I wanted a woman I could never have, I wanted...(pause)...I don't know. I think the journey took over in the end. I had this manservant. I had this friend and he died. I never even stopped. I kept going. (turns to Bellino) When I met you I had such promise didn't I?
      Bellino: I found success. I stole your life.
      Casanova: Thief!
      Bellino: I've got everything I want. Can you imagine that?
      Casanova: I was rich once.
      Bellino: It's just money, I mean I've got everything. Imagine it really. Having nothing left to want. Ever! But you, you kept on chasing and reaching out and missing and chasing again, maybe that's better.
      Casanova: Oh, I don't think so.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Chancellor: Don't look over there, I think someone is inventing the sandwich.

      The Sandwich was named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat. He didn't invent it, but he liked it because it allowed him to go on playing cards instead of leaving the game to have a meal.