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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. 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...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2014
  • UPC: 888574054823
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,091

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The movie is based on the life of Veronica Franco, the world's first acknowledged published woman poet/author who becomes a courtesan during the Renaissance in order to live a "good life" and have accessability to books and learning.

    I love this movie! It's a wonderful commentary on the lifestyle and livlihoods of women (and men) during an enlightened time in Italian history. It encompasses the edges of the inquisition - allowing for societies norms to be thrown into chaos. The cast is great - sets and locations wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I absolutely LOVED this movie!

    You may not have heard about this movie, but let me tell you...you must see this film. This film is actually a bio-pic about one of the most famous courtesans of Venice. The story, costumes, visuals, performances, and script is amazing. I can't believe this film hasn't been recognized as one of the best films ever produced. This is a must see!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    This is one of the best movies that I have ever seen. Everytime I watch it I'm excited because I know how good it is, and as I'm watching it's as if I have never seen it. You have a smile on your face the whole time...it's that good. Very romantic, funny, and dramatic. A must see!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an excellent film

    I saw this in a movie theatre when I was 17 and I have yet to find any other film I enjoy more. The scenery and costumes are gorgeous, the story is moving, the actors are brilliant. I have a soft spot for Oliver Platt thanks to his role in this movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romance, adventure, action, comedy or drama.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    truely beautiful

    wow. such a moving and comerative movie, once i watched it knew that i had to have it myself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly marvelous!

    I came across this movie by accident at my local movie rental store, and it becomes more fascinating every time I see it. It has a great storyline, superb acting and a colorful period appeal; plus, it has a true feminist plot. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out on a great experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic movie, one of the best I've seen.

    I've seen this movie time and time again, one I could never get tired of. All my guy friends have seen this movie now and not one has said anything but praises about this movie. A must see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    obscure but opulent

    i happened upon this movie by chance while looking for a romantic movie to rent. there are so few good romantic movies out there these days. i usually prefer british movies that take place in another time period. this movie was a rare find, i absolutely loved this movie. it had romance, hilarity, clever wit, beautiful scenary, not to mention great performances by Catherine McCormick and Rufus Sewell. all around a really wonderful film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

    This has become my favorite movie and I happened on it by accident.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See for Romantics

    I saw this movie on television awhile ago, and I loved it. I almost forgot about it but something made me look it up, and I cannot wait to buy it. The whole movie is alluring and surprising. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME UNKNOWN

    It seems that not to many people know about this movie, but they should. It is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It has drama, love and comdey,it is just an all around great movie. If you have not seen it you're missing out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    Rich pageantry and a historical perspective I've never seen before. The romantic's ''must see''!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie

    I have been looking for this movie ever since I seen it in a small theater in Brooklyn, excellent re-enactment of that century. A must see

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