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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

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In 16th century Venice, courtesans enjoy unique privileges: dressed richly in red, they read, compose poetry and music, and discuss affairs of state with the men who govern the Republic. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. She's a heroine when she helps convince France to aid Venice in war with Turkey, but when plague descends, the Church charges her with witchcraft. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Born without privilege. Bound by tradition. She found the courage to follow her heart. See more »


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Rated R for some scenes of strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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£59,685 (UK) (30 April 1999)

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£59,685 (UK) (30 April 1999)
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The Veronica Franco depicted in the film was a real person. She was born in 1546 and died in 1591, at the age of forty-five. She was the most famous courtesan in Italy, but she was also famous for her satire and for her poetry. See more »

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When Veronica and Bea leave the sewing room, Veronica leans down to pick up her book. It is in her right hand and Bea's right hand is in Veronica's left hand as they leave the room and runs down the staircase. When they enter the street, there is no book and Veronica is holding Bea's left hand with (Veronica's) right hand. See more »

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Paola Franco: Courtesans, my dear, are the most educated women in the world.
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Scopri O Lingua
Composed by Bartolomeo Tromboncino
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24 June 2004 | by (Portland, OR USA) – See all my reviews

This is, well, yeah, a chick flick, but plenty of male friends have seen it and not complained...much.

I watch this when I feel just a little blue and it's great. Good story, if not strong, wonderful scenery and costumes, good acting, lots of sensuality and some humor.

The Inquisition scenes will make any history buff roll their eyes so remember to just suspend disbelief and enjoy.

It's a fairly honest look at women in the 16th century, if viewed through feminist eyes. Some surprising actors turn out beautifully.

Only bad thing is, I hate this about movies and books; doesn't it get a little old when the lead female makes EVERY man fall in love or lust with her? Shouldn't there be just one who likes petite brunettes or tall redheads? it's just a thought, but this is a fantasy, and fantasies often work that way.


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