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Dangerous Beauty -- In the late 1500s, as mistresses to Venice's important men, women lived a regal lifestyle, and were encouraged to read and study at a time when such education was forbidden for most woman.
Dangerous Beauty -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Margaret Rosenthal (book)
Jeannine Dominy (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 1998 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
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Did You Know?

During King Henry's visit, a monk is forcibly detained in an attempt to give Henry a paper. In reality, King Henry III was killed exactly so: a monk, under the subterfuge of giving Henry a private message, fatally stabbed him while whispering in his ear.See more »
Anachronisms: The books shown in the movie are printed on paper that is too thin and too white for 16th century. Also, the typeface is too small. Until 1843 paper was made exclusively from rags and this resulted in paper having large fibers and rough surface. Printing ink smeared on the fibers and so printers had to use large typefaces (equivalent to modern 16-18 points at least). White color of paper required and still requires copious use of sulfuric acid that was not available before industrial revolution too. It was not until late 19th century then modern quality paper, such as the one shown in the movie, was developed.See more »
Beatrice Venier:Do you know what my daughter's nurse told her today? "In a girl's voice lies temptation - a known fact. Eloquence in a woman means promiscuity. Promiscuity of the mind leads to promiscuity of the body." She doesn't believe it yet, but she will. She'll grow up just like her mother...See more »
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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
This is a wonderful movie! In many ways.... A must see, 4 February 2005
Author: smiling-o from Los Angeles area of USA

I LOVED this movie. It is especially gripping when you stop to realize it is based on a true story! It's lead character is based on Veronica Franco, citizen and writer from sixteenth century Venice. Margaret F Rosenthal wrote about her in "The Honest Courtesan".

The acting is superb...the period costuming is fantastic. As is the scenery. This is a must see on many levels.

The courtesans in this era were intelligent, witty, and refined. Married woman of the time (the wealthy ones) were confined to a very dull life while their husbands entertained themselves with well educated courtesans. The courtesans were the only women allowed in the libraries of the day. As much as I love books...there is no doubt in my mind as to what role I would have chose! lol The movie revolves around those of wealth. The poor women of the day are in terrible straits...I'm glad this era is over.

Seriously, this is a wonderful movie visually. And, it is spiced with some interesting bits of history.

It is not one to take your kids to which usually causes me to deduct points. But, the scenes that make it unsuitable for children are absolutely essential for this story. And, what a wonderful story! Oh, and another delight is the music. Buy the CD!

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