This was apparently meant to be a farce about the famous lover. It doesn’t take itself very seriously and is basically in line with Shakespearean identity comedy. Unfortunately, it falls flat and doesn’t quite succeed as a love story or a comedy. There are some good moments, and it has its charm — it certainly was not as bad as I expected from the previews — and the cinematography and recreation of ancient Venice is stunning. But the plot was too convoluted to be taken seriously, and though that was intentional, it still demeaned the whole project as a nothing but a broad joke. It’s fun, but frivolous.