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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

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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Serafino Franco
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Elena Franco
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Francesco Martenengo

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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 Turks, 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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A life without compromise. 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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20 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Courtesan  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$105,989 (USA) (20 February 1998)

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$4,530,929 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Drew Barrymore turned down the role of Veronica Franco. See more »

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During the party on Veronica's first night as a courtesan, the lock of hair switches from over her left ear to over her right and back again between shots. See more »

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Veronica Franco: [after her first time, with a lustful expression on her face] Who's next?
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Written by John Donne
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25 October 1998 | by (Orlando) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out and I just saw it again on video. Superb movie. I adore Venice and feel I got a real taste of what it must have been like in the 16th century. Great photography and costumes. Beautiful actors. Comedy. Romance. Based on a true story. Shows some of the ugliness of the zealot church of the time. A must see and one of the year's best. Where were the critics on this one? Played to empty theaters mostly. What a shame.


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