Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

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Director: Marshall Herskovitz

Cast: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Jacqueline Bisset

     
 

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Marshall Herskovitz directed this look at life in 16th-century Venice, based on Margaret Rosenthal's 1994 book The Honest Courtesan. Positioned outside of the Venetian court, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) hopes to rise above her station, but her interest in nobleman's son Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell) is blocked since his parents forbid their marriage.See more details below

Overview

Marshall Herskovitz directed this look at life in 16th-century Venice, based on Margaret Rosenthal's 1994 book The Honest Courtesan. Positioned outside of the Venetian court, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) hopes to rise above her station, but her interest in nobleman's son Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell) is blocked since his parents forbid their marriage. Following the path taken by her mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), Veronica becomes a courtesan, finding this gives her a niche in the male-dominated society. When Vatican emissaries accuse her of witchcraft, she lashes back, using the trial as a feminist forum to expose the hypocrisies of the period. Filmed in 1996 in Venice and Rome with a variety of working titles (Courtesan, Venice, and The Honest Courtesan).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Catherine McCormack makes a ravishing lead in this costume drama that suffers somewhat from the incidental and fractured quality common to period costume dramas based largely on historical fact. A little more poetic license might have smoothed out the rough edges of this sophomore directorial effort from television producer Marshall Herskovitz. In particular, the antagonist character Maffio Venier (played with gusto by Oliver Platt) seems only to appear when the script calls for him to move a step farther along on his arc from drunken party boy to shrill zealot. His is an intriguing and tragic figure; more narrative grist should definitely have been milled from his progression into hypocrisy. McCormack is the film's true star, however, and the Braveheart (1995) veteran makes the most of a plum role that's as absorbing, veracious, and intelligently written as Susan Sarandon's male ego-bruising Annie Savoy in Bull Durham (1988). Dangerous Beauty (1998) strays at times too wide off the path it's on in search of interesting material and thus becomes slightly anecdotal, but its story is a journey worth taking with an actress capably expressing a range and depth of feelings lamentably absent from most current women's roles.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2014
UPC:
0888574054823
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:52:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine McCormack Veronica Franco
Rufus Sewell Marco Venier
Jacqueline Bisset Paola Franco
Oliver Platt Maffio Venier
Moira Kelly Beatrice Venier
Fred Ward Domenico Venier
Naomi Watts Guila De Lezze
Jeroen Krabbé Pietro Venier
Joanna Cassidy Laura Venier
Daniel Lapaine Serafino Franco
Jake Weber King Henry
Simon Dutton Minister Ramberti
Peter Eyre Doge
Michael Culkin Bishop De la Torre

Technical Credits
Marshall Herskovitz Director,Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Stefania Cella Art Director
Arthur Coburn Editor
Jeannine Dominy Screenwriter
George Fenton Score Composer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
William Hobbs Choreography
Sarah Kaplan Producer
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Paolo Lucidi Co-producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Randall Executive Producer
Kuki Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Mary Selway Casting
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Edward Zwick Producer

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