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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

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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Serafino Franco
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Elena Franco
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Francesco Martenengo
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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 »


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

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20 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Courtesan  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$105,989 (USA) (20 February 1998)

Gross:

$4,530,929 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Drew Barrymore turned down the role of Veronica Franco. See more »

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

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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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Scopri O Lingua
Composed by Bartolomeo Tromboncino
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Brilliant - Bravo! Last 10 minutes is superb.
28 April 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Four of us (aged 40 - 50) saw this on video and thoroughly enjoyed it. The speeches at the end provide us with the finest acting and script that is available.

The film is a bit slow in the beginning, but don't give up because this is one incredible piece of dramatic art.


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