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Writers (WGA):
Margaret Rosenthal (book)
Jeannine Dominy (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 1998 (USA) See more »
Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. A Scandalous Love Story. See more »
A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An excellent adaptation of a scholarly work See more (113 total) »


  (in credits order)

Catherine McCormack ... Veronica Franco

Rufus Sewell ... Marco Venier

Oliver Platt ... Maffio Venier

Fred Ward ... Domenico Venier

Naomi Watts ... Giulia De Lezze

Moira Kelly ... Beatrice Venier

Jacqueline Bisset ... Paola Franco

Jeroen Krabbé ... Pietro Venier

Joanna Cassidy ... Laura Venier

Melina Kanakaredes ... Livia

Daniel Lapaine ... Serafino Franco

Justine Miceli ... Elena Franco

Jake Weber ... King Henry

Simon Dutton ... Minister Ramberti
Grant Russell ... Francesco Martenengo
Peter Eyre ... The Doge
Carla Cassola ... Caterina
Gianni Musy ... Joseph

Michael Culkin ... Bishop De la Torre
Ralph Riach ... Lorenzo Gritti
Charlotte Randle ... Francesca
Alberto Rossatti ... Andrea Tron
Anna Sozzani ... Marina
Luis Molteni ... Giacomo Bahalli
Tim McMullan ... Zealot
Richard O'Callaghan ... Zealot
Lenore Lohman ... Venetian Wife

Maude Bonanni ... Venetian Wife
Gaia Zoppi ... Venetian Wife
Roberto Corbiletto ... Taylor
Annelie Harryson ... Fanatic Woman

David Gant ... Bolognetti
Daniele Ciampi ... Naked Workman
Elena Mita ... Elena's Child
Federico Mita ... Elena's Child
Francesca Lucidi ... Courtesan
Simona Nobili ... Courtesan
Lena Guthorsen ... Courtesan
Valentina Ardeatini ... Courtesan
Tiziana Della Spina ... Courtesan
Anna Maria Minati ... Courtesan
Ilaria De Vincenzis ... Courtesan
Cristina Rinaldi ... Courtesan
Garmy Sall ... Courtesan
Anna Maria Malipiero ... Courtesan

Flaminia Fegarotti ... Courtesan
Federica Federici ... Courtesan
Angela Camuso ... Courtesan
Patrizia Leonet ... Courtesan
Elide Marigliani ... Courtesan
Natascia Pastorello ... Courtesan
Barbara Di Dio ... Courtesan
Fulvia Lorenzetti ... Courtesan
Olfa Ben Romdane ... Courtesan
Laura Tedesco ... Courtesan
Emy Kay ... Courtesan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davide Cincis ... Zealot
Ralph Morse ... Poet

Directed by
Marshall Herskovitz 
Writing credits
Margaret Rosenthal (book "The Honest Courtesan")

Jeannine Dominy (written by)

Produced by
Sarah Caplan .... producer
Marshall Herskovitz .... producer
Debra Lovatelli .... associate producer
Paolo Lucidi .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Michael G. Nathanson .... executive producer (as Michael Nathanson)
Stephen Randall .... executive producer
Edward Zwick .... producer
Inigo Lezzi .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Arthur Coburn 
Steven Rosenblum 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
Art Direction by
Stefania Cella 
Gianni Giovagnoni 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
Costume Design by
Gabriella Pescucci 
Makeup Department
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Federico Laurenti .... makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Giovanni Lovatelli .... unit production manager
Paolo Lucidi .... production supervisor
Vincenzo Testa .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kuki López Rodero .... first assistant director
Alberto Mangiante .... second assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich .... second second assistant director
Livia Tovoli .... second second assistant director
Yozo Tokuda .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman
Mauro Masotti .... props
Antonio Murer .... swing gang
Sebastiano Murer .... assistant props
Alessandra Querzola .... assistant set decorator
Alessandra Querzola .... lead set dresser
Kirstie Stephenson .... art department coordinator
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryan Bowen .... sound editor
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor
Matt Colleran .... dubbing recordist
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recordist
David Stephenson .... sound
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Fumi Mashimo .... animator: Illusion Arts
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte artist
Kenneth Nakada .... digital compositing: Illusion Arts
Robert Stromberg .... visual effects supervisor
Moving Target .... visual effects supervisor
Mike Wassel .... matte artist
Richard Berman .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Giorgio Antonini .... stunts
Sandy Osborne .... stunt double
Ferdinando Stazzone .... stunts (horseback)
David Zamperla .... stunts
Mirko Zamperla .... assistant stunt coordinator
Nazzareno Zamperla .... stunt coordinator (as Neno Zamperla)
Sylwester Zawadzki .... stunt double (as Sylwester Zawadski)
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Carini .... clapper loader
Roberto De Angelis .... focus puller: "a" camera
Claudio Del Gobbo .... grip
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip
Sergio Faina .... grip
Daniele Massaccesi .... camera operator
Fernando Massaccesi .... gaffer: Italy (as Nando Massaccesi)
Tommaso Mele .... key grip
Francisco Pintore .... second assistant camera
James Plannette .... gaffer
Carlo Postiglione .... dolly grip
Emanuele Salvatore .... additional rigger
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Daniele Verdenelli .... electrician
Francesco Zaccaria .... electrician
Casting Department
Tiziana Kinkela .... crowd casting: Europe
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudette Lilly .... costume assistant
Adriana Mattiozzi .... seamstress
Carlo Poggioli .... assistant costume designer
Alberto Spiazzi .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Russell Eaton .... assistant editor
Scott J. Gill .... assistant editor
Cecilia Hyoun .... lightworks assistant
Sara Hyoun .... assistant editor
Lesley Langs .... assistant editor
Irma Misantoni .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Tommy Lockett .... music editor
New London Consort .... orchestra: additional music recorded by
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
Philip Pickett .... additional music recordist
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Ken Stillito .... orchestra leader
Eliza Thompson .... music coordinator
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Transportation Department
Paolo Bernardini .... driver
Enrico Pini .... transportation manager
Other crew
Giorgio Catalano .... first assist accountant
Carmela Compagnone .... cashier
Gabriella Di Santo .... production coordinator: additional photography
Alessandro Fiorito .... accounting clerk
Maria Fiorito .... accountant
Federico Foti .... location manager
Michele Greco .... location manager
Josh Gummersall .... assistant: Marshall Herskovitz
William Hobbs .... fight choreographer
Matthew Klipper .... post-production accountant
Marilena La Ferrara .... set accountant
Filippo Lovatelli .... set runner
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... supervising production accountant
Marco Olivieri .... production assistant
Giorgia Onofri .... script supervisor
Davide Pacchiarotti .... office runner
Catherine Smith .... production coordinator
Flavia Sparapane .... choreographer
Chuck Speed .... production legal
Francesca Spinotti .... production secretary
Sheilah Sullivan .... accountant
Fred Toye .... title designer
Enzo Sisti .... fiscal representative: Italy (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Honest Courtesan" - UK (video title), USA (working title)
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Rated R for some scenes of strong sexuality, and for nudity and language
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The alternate title for this movie, "The Honest Courtesan", comes from the term 'cortigiana onesta' which denoted a courtesan who, while sex may or may not have been part of her obligations, was paid mainly to be a companion for intellectual stimulation and/or her poetic or musical talent.See more »
Anachronisms: At several times in the movie, one can clearly see the church of Santa Maria della Salute, one of Venice's landmarks. However, it could not possibly have been there at the time of Veronica Franco -- it was built a century later.See more »
Veronica Franco:There's not a man in Venice I can't have.
Marco Venier:And there's not a woman in Venice I can't have.
Veronica Franco:You cannot have me.
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83 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
An excellent adaptation of a scholarly work, 22 April 1999
Author: Aleatha from Utah

For me the power of this movie rests in its faithfulness to Margaret Rosenthal's book the Honest Courtesan; which is a well-researched look at Veronica Franco's life and the plight of Venetian women in the 16th century. Dangerous Beauty, while making certain assumptions and taking some literary license, was a talented translation of Rosenthal's careful research into a captivating film. Many of the witty remarks and social commentary come directly from 16th century documents. Surprisingly the most unbelievable aspect of the movie (her escape from the Inquisition and support from prominent Venetian nobles) is historical fact. While the details are unknown and the movie is certainly more romatically dramatic than I would imagine the actual historical event, it was very true to the spirit and feel supported by the evidence we have.

Venetian women, and indeed most medieval women, were in an unenviable position as second class citizens. Veronica Franco's struggle to find an acceptable position in society as a woman of good family but poor, is representative of the moral and societal conflicts of her time. Courtesans were not respected but they were accepted as a necessary evil. Their income was even taxable! In a society where female chastity was considered sacrosanct if she were to marry and a marriage bed was no less for sale than a courtesan's, women's choices were limited indeed. Franco's impassioned cry in the movie "I did what was necessary to survive!" is no less true were it not a verbatim report of her defense. As a penniless girl her options were limited to scullery work, the nunnery or prostitution. Her distinction was that, while she chose to sell her body, she never chose to be dominated by her profession or those who sought her out. In publishing her book of poetry and personal letters, she redefined herself as a woman first and a courtesan second. Using her wit to defend herself in the public arena she skillfully manipulated accepted literary mores of the day to show her mastery of the literary as well as political implications of her position.

Her greatest detractors were courtiers, such as Maffio Venier, who competed with courtesans for the money bestowed by wealthy patrons. As she says in the movie, they must both sing for their suppers. The problem is that while she is willing to accept they are equal in their need of patronage, he is unwilling to be outdone by a woman. His misogynistic works of poetry were directed toward Franco and other courtesans with the intent of parading his own virtue by damning theirs. The greatest irony is that Maffio was ultimately killed by a sexual disease while Franco died of causes unrelated to her sexual practices.

While there are those who might see this movie as an acceptance of prostitution, I believe they are missing the true story behind the sexual facade which they are focusing on. Franco's life was one of courage and honesty. She made choices that we may not understand, but we do not live in her world. And she accepted both the privilege and the degradation that her position brought her. This movie is a powerful tribute to one who sought more in life than mere existence and who faced her trials with the courage of her convictions, whether or not we or others share those convictions is immaterial.

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