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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 February 1998 (USA)
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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 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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Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. A Scandalous Love Story. 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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$105,989 (USA) (20 February 1998)

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£59,685 (UK) (30 April 1999)
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The real Veronica Franco had 6 children, three of whom died in infancy. See more »

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Marco's hand in Veronica's hair when kissing in the niche in the street. See more »

Quotes

Maffio Venier: You compel sacred love to garner riches. What is this if not witchcraft?
Veronica Franco: No!
Maffio Venier: No? Did you ever give yourself to a man who could not pay your fee?
Veronica Franco: I gave my heart where riches were no use.
Maffio Venier: Answer the question!
Veronica Franco: I did what was necessary to live!
Maffio Venier: Did you ever give yourself to a man who could not pay your fee?
Veronica Franco: WHAT OTHER PROFESSION WILL YOU ALLOW ME? HOW SHALL I SURVIVE IF I CANNOT MARRY?
Grand Inquisitor: You will answer the question!
Veronica Franco: WHY, WHEN YOU ARE DETERMINED TO DAMN ME WHAT EVER I SAY?
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La Morisque
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from "Dancerie"
Composed by Tylman Susato
Edizione L'Oiseau Lyre
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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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