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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Grant Russell ... Francesco Martenengo
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Courtesan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,989, 22 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,530,929, 5 July 1998
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Marco's hand in Veronica's hair when kissing in the niche in the street. See more »

Quotes

Maffio Venier: May sing... and rhyme... and more. Still... is at best a slut... with every horny mutt! You pride yourself on arts and letters, and fucking best your manly betters!
Veronica Franco: I save the goodly wives of Venice from their husbands' lustful menace!
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Song: Sweetest love, I do not go
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Written by John Donne
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Fantastic
23 November 2003 | by ShannonAmidalaSee all my reviews

OK, let's face it, the reason I saw this was because of potential chemistry between Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell. I love both of them as actors, and I was psyched when I heard they were in a movie together.

Then I looked at the plot, and was intrigued. I'd seen a movie similar to this, Moulin Rouge. Hmm, would it be as good as that? Would it be a let down? Looking at the title and the cover, I wasn't expecting too much. Soft porn, maybe? Eh, probably. But I rented it anyways, simply because I was in the mood for a period piece, and Rufus Sewell is easy on the eyes. :)

The movie ended up becoming one of my absolute favorites. It is sumptuously filmed, gorgeous, like staring at a beautiful painting for hours. Every piece of colors and cinematography is top notch. The acting between Sewell and McCormack is amazing, astounding. I fell in love with their romance. The film hasn't left me long after I saw it. The score is brilliant. George Fenton is an emotional genius. If you want to hear more of his stuff just check out Ever After, starring Dougray Scott and Drew Barrymore. :)

I really want to buy this movie. It works so well, and it is just really, really good. It's a movie to be felt, not explained. If you love intriguing plot lines, romance, and period pieces, then I highly recommend you check this out. :)


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