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MPAA Rated R for some scenes of strong sexuality, and for nudity and language

Sex & Nudity

  • The basic theme of the movie glorifies a woman who achieves wealth and independence by becoming a courtesan, or highly paid prostitute. (Unlike French courtesans, who were generally more like "mistresses", the term here is used to describe a woman who has sex for money with a large number of different men.) The main character is shown entertaining clients numerous times, although only a couple of these depict actual sex acts.
  • There are several courtesans who appear topless in a few scenes.
  • There is a sex scene between Veronica Franco and a "client." Her breasts are visible. And there is obvious thrusting.
  • Another sex scene, between Veronica and Marco. It's a lot of tumbling and quick glimpses of her breasts. She is fully nude, but her pubic area is not exposed.
  • There are also several sexual references.
  • Maffio Venier: A greedy hand, an empty heart is all that wrests your legs apart.
  • And several suggestive actions with food regarding fellatio.
  • Sexually suggestive poetry recited.
  • A woman coaches another on how to please a man. They discuss sensuality. A naked male assistant (we see his bare chest and we see him from the back) is used in one scene--the woman instructs her pupil on how to touch him, while apparently stroking his privates.
  • Clients make appointments with the courtesan.
  • A visiting king chooses among courtesans to please him. The politicians of the town want to curry favor with him in this way. He is rumored to have kinky (non-specified) preferences. There is a strong implication of a perverted sex act with the king.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a sword fight between a woman and a man. It's playful at first, but becomes more aggressive where he tries to kill her. She cuts his hand with the blade, and he punches her in the face, giving her a bloody lip.
  • A king holds a knife to a courtesan's neck, threatening her.
  • There is a very short battle scene.
  • Courtesans are tied up, and one can see whip slashes across their backs.
  • A courtesan dresses a man's sores on his feet and ankles.
  • A woman is accused of witchcraft and is threatened to be executed.
  • Plague victims lay dead. A woman with sores on her face in pain on her deathbed.


  • There are several uses of the word "f**k" as the means of a sexual act.
  • Veronica Franco: I confess I "f**k" divinely those who love... and well opine me. Maffio Venier: [mocking her] I confess... I "f**k" divinely... those who... richly wine and dine me!

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol is consumed socially at parties.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The idea of the court accusing Veronica of witchcraft may be a bit intense, as she is to be put to death if she is indeed a witch.


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Sex & Nudity

  • After Veronica is paid for her first client, she seems pleased with sex and the payment, rolls over with a smile and says, "Who's next?"

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