The Last Rose from Casanova

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Poslední růže od Casanovy

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

05.08.1966

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Screenplay

František Daniel, František A. Dvořák

Screenstory

František Daniel, František A. Dvořák

Summary

The complex personality of Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) has inspired numerous films. Most of them have reduced the life of the Italian writer and diplomat to one of tireless romance and seduction. Such is the case with Poslední růže od Casanovy (The Last Rose from Casanova, 1966), a nostalgic romantic comedy directed by Václav Krška. The story finds the legendary lady-killer in something like retirement, having found a refuge as a librarian at the Wallenstein’s Duchcov Chateau. This bored man of the world is soon to be revivified by the beautiful Valerie who visits the chateau with her husband to see the famous Casanova in the flesh. At first, the young noblewoman is disappointed by Casanova’s old-fashioned view of romance. She advocates true passion devoid of romantic trivialities. But after a rather unusual bet is struck she begins to succumb to the old seducer´s charm… This playful story showcases the acting talents of Felix le Breux in the title role alongside Milena Dvorská as Valerie.

Synopsis

The legendary seducer of women Giacomo Casanova is spending the final years of his life at Count Wallenstein's Dux castle, where he has been given the post of the librarian. He is somewhat peevish and the writing of his memoirs and playing cards with the Count are the only things that bring him comfort. One day the Count receives a visit from his nephew Francis Adam with his attractive wife Valerie. Valerie is disappointed with the legendary Casanova. She sees an old man wearing an old-fashioned outfit and finds him laughable; she also finds that his views of love are outdated. Casanova claims that woman's love can be won by refined gallantry and Valerie favours pure emotion. She makes a secret wager with her husband that she will charm Casanova. Casanova makes the same bet with the Count. During a winter canter, Valerie slowly yields to Casanova's advances and Francis becomes jealous. In the evening, the young couple has a fight. The experienced Casanova intervenes. He sends Valerie a rose in Francis' name and dictates a love letter for Valerie to the young man. At the ball, Valerie is reconciled with her husband. The trick with the letter is exposed but Valerie forgives Francis; after all, he has given her the rose. Francis is practical and doesn't admit the truth; instead, he allows his wife to believe that Casanova's gallant gesture is his own.

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Cast

Felix le Breux

Giacomo Casanova de Sengal

Bohuš Záhorský

hrabě Josef Karel Valdštejn

Vladimír Brabec

hrabě František Adam Valdštejn, synovec

Milena Dvorská

Valerie, žena Františka Adama Valdštejna

Otto Šimánek

lékař O'Reilly

Libuše Havelková

hraběnka Maternová z Hrádku

Valja Petrová

hraběnka Kounicová

Zuzana Šavrdová

komorná Markéta

Richard Záhorský

komorník Václav

František Kovářík

sluha Matyáš

Eva Jandáčková

Nelly

Eva Baborovská

Terezka

Jana Sedlmajerová

Henrietta

Zuzana Rumlová

jeptiška

Libuše Freslová

paní z Bíliny

Miloš Zavadil

Casanova jako mladý

Marie Popelková

paní z Jezeří

Petr Holík

Vincek

Josef Burda

opat z Oseka

Jana Boková

služka

Ivo Foustka

hodnostář

Pavel Holeček

mládenec

Milan Morávek

sluha Tomáš

Zbyšek Olšovský

taneční mistr

František Šeba

švihák

Václav Petrus

kavalír

Jiřina Součková

paní nadlesní

Míla Myslíková

hospodská Markýtka

Věra Burešová

tanečnice

Naděžda Blažíčková

tanečnice

Astrid Štúrová

tanečnice

Jana Šandová

tanečnice

Hana Krásová

tanečnice

Jaroslav Dlask

tanečník

Jiří Hladík

tanečník

Tomáš Němeček

tanečník

Jaromír Petřík

tanečník

Jan Valchař

tanečník

Jindřich Doležal

generál Bronický

Klaudie Ferbrová

matka představená

Petr Fürst

šermíř

Petr Lebeda

šermíř

Josef Křížek

šermíř

Jar. Kramosil

voják-šermíř

Miloslav Průša

voják-šermíř

Ladislava Kutová

služka

Karel Klement

hudebník

Čestmír Preclík

hudebník

Ladislav Krečmer

hostinský

Karel Lajka

muž

Vojtěch Klokan

muž

Vladimír Pospíšil

Casanova ve středním věku

Ema Skálová

hraběnka Kounicová mladší

Ela Šilarová

kuchařka

Ludvík Wolf

voják

Jan Vávra (3)

generál

Blažena Vernerová

žena regenschoriho

Jarmila Vilská-Uhlířová

správcová

Pavel Vlasák

dubl mladého Casanovy v šermu

Soňa Zborníková

herečka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Kupšík

Camera Operator

Antonín Vojáček

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník, Jaroslava Vilímková

Costume Designer

Jan Skalický

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Jan Syrový, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Zora Rumlová

Cooperation

Luďka Žáková, Jarmila Müllerová, Jiří Kotlář

Music

Music Composed by

Václav Trojan

Music Performed by

FISYO, Dvořákovo kvarteto

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

O bella, mia stella

Singer

Felix le Breux (O bella, mia stella)

Choreographer

Vlastimil Jílek

Danced by

Balet Národního divadla Praha

Production info

Original Title

Poslední růže od Casanovy

English Title

The Last Rose from Casanova

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Premiere

05.08.1966

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 4. soutěž o hudební dílo vytvořené pro film v roce 1966

1967
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Václav Trojan