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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

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Veronica Franco
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Marco Venier
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Maffio Venier
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Domenico Venier
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Giulia De Lezze
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Beatrice Venier
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Paola Franco
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Pietro Venier
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Laura Venier
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Livia
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Serafino Franco
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Elena Franco
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King Henry
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Minister Ramberti
Grant Russell ...
Francesco Martenengo
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The Doge
Carla Cassola ...
Caterina
Gianni Musy ...
Joseph
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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
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Zealot
Lenore Lohman ...
Venetian Wife
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Venetian Wife
Gaia Zoppi ...
Venetian Wife
Roberto Corbiletto ...
Taylor
Annelie Harryson ...
Fanatic Woman
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Bolognetti
Daniele Ciampi ...
Naked Workman
Elena Mita ...
Elena's Child
Federica 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
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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

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Marshall Herskovitz

Written by

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Margaret Rosenthal ... (book "The Honest Courtesan")
 
Jeannine Dominy ... (written by)

Produced by

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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)

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Bojan Bazelli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arthur Coburn
Steven Rosenblum

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Wendy Kurtzman
Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Norman Garwood

Art Direction by

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Stefania Cella
Gianni Giovagnoni

Set Decoration by

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Ian Whittaker

Costume Design by

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Gabriella Pescucci

Makeup Department

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Desideria Corridoni ... hair stylist
Federico Laurenti ... makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Giovanni Lovatelli ... unit production manager
Paolo Lucidi ... production supervisor
Vincenzo Testa ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Peter Dorme ... draughtsman
Mauro Masotti ... props
Antonio Murer ... swing gang
Sebastiano Murer ... assistant props
Alessandra Querzola ... assistant set decorator / lead set dresser
Kirstie Stephenson ... art department coordinator
Arthur Wicks ... property master

Sound Department

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David W. Alstadter ... foley mixer
Christopher Assells ... sound effects editor
Anna Behlmer ... 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

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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)

Stunts

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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

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Francesco Carini ... clapper loader
Roberto De Angelis ... focus puller: "a" camera
Claudio Del Gobbo ... grip
Massimiliano Dessena ... grip
Sergio Faina ... grip
Adriano Giannini ... assistant camera
Daniele Massaccesi ... camera operator
Fernando Massaccesi ... gaffer: Italy (as Nando Massaccesi)
Tommaso Mele ... key grip
Francisco Pintore ... second assistant camera
Jim Plannette ... gaffer (as James Plannette)
Carlo Postiglione ... dolly grip
Emanuele Salvatore ... additional rigger
Mario Tursi ... still photographer
Daniele Verdenelli ... electrician
Francesco Zaccaria ... electrician

Casting Department

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Tiziana Kinkela ... crowd casting: Europe

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Claudette Lilly ... costume assistant
Adriana Mattiozzi ... seamstress
Carlo Poggioli ... assistant costume designer
Alberto Spiazzi ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Federico Foti ... location manager
Michele Greco ... location manager

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Nicholas Bucknall ... musician: clarinet
Paul Edmund-Davies ... musician: flute
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestral contractor
Tommy Lockett ... music editor
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
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

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Paolo Bernardini ... driver
Enrico Pini ... transportation manager

Other crew

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Giorgio Catalano ... first assist accountant
Carmela Compagnone ... cashier
Gabriella Di Santo ... production coordinator: additional photography
Alessandro Fiorito ... accounting clerk
Maria Fiorito ... accountant
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
Frederick E.O. Toye ... title designer (as Fred Toye)
Enzo Sisti ... fiscal representative: Italy (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. A Scandalous Love Story. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • The Honest Courtesan (United States)
  • Courtesan (United States)
  • Venice (United States)
  • A Destiny of Her Own (Philippines, English title)
  • The Honest Courtesan (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $105,989, 22 Feb 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs During the love scene with Marco, his smallpox vaccination scar is clearly visible on his left upper arm. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Palmetto/Senseless/Dangerous Beauty/Mrs. Dalloway/Nil by Mouth/Live Flesh (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Ungaresca e saltarello See more »
Quotes Veronica Franco: I confess that as a young girl I loved a man who would not marry me for want of a dowry. I confess I had a mother who taught me a different way of life, one I resisted at first but learned to embrace. I confess I became a courtesan, traded yearning for power, welcomed many rather than be owned by one. I confess I embraced a whore's freedom over a wife's obedience. I confess I find more ecstacy in passion than in prayer. Such passion is prayer. I confess I pray still to feel the touch of my lover's lips. His hands upon me, his arms enfolding me... Such surrender has been mine. I confess I pray still to be filled and enflamed. To melt into the dream of us, beyond this troubled place, to where we are not even ourselves. To know that always, this is mine. If this had not been mine-if I had lived any other way-a child to her husband's will, my soul hardened from lack of touch and lack of love... I confess such endless days and nights would be a punishment far greater than you could ever mete out. You, all of you, you who hunger so for what I give yet cannot bear to see that kind of power in a woman. You call God's greatest gift-ourselves, our yearning, our need to love-you call it filth and sin and heresy... I repent there was no other way open to me. I do not repent my life.
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