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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 ... Francesco Martenengo
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An interview with actress Mathilda May as she looks back at the film "Lifeforce".

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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some scenes of strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The real Veronica Franco had 6 children, three of whom died in infancy. See more »

Goofs

On Veronica's first night as a courtesan, Marco notices her and gets up from where he's sitting to speak to her. Maffeo is supposed to be reciting a poem, but in the shot of Marco rising, Maffeo is sitting right next to him. See more »

Quotes

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. Marry, raise children and honor her family. Spend her youth in needlepoint and rue the day she was born a girl. And when she dies, she'll wonder why she obeyed all the rules of God and Country for no biblical hell ...
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Referenced in Dark City: Memories of Shell Beach (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ungaresca e saltarello
in "Artificio Scientia La Selena"
Composed by Giorgio Mainiero
Per S. Naria Della Pace
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Superb
25 October 1998 | by DonB-5See 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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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

Gross USA:

$4,553,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,553,271
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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