Dangerous Beauty is a 1998 drama directed by Marshall Herskovitz. She was put on trial for pursuing a courtesan career path as an irresistible temptress, seductress of some weak-willed men. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. A magnificent, romantic period piece of 1583 Venice, of a decorous, eloquent Shakespearean dialogue, costumes, and aesthetic sights of this seaport city in Italy. If they had watched it with their hearts rather than their heads, they too would have loved this movie. It ruins the so called love story. I have read the book this movie is based upon, The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal and the movie departs from the facts of Veronica Franco's life in a significant way, mainly that Veronica was married when she chose to become a courtesan and pursue prostitution as her lifestyle.
Shows some of the ugliness of the zealot church of the time. When Marco decides to marry another woman, Veronica's mother persuades the distraught girl to become a courtesan, or prostitute, in order to earn a living. Because she was a plebeian, though, and not in the ranks of the upper class, the hoity-toity, or a patrician as was the rich and mighty Senator Marco, he was not allowed to get married to her. When Vatican emissaries accuse her of witchcraft, she lashes back, using the trial as a feminist forum to expose the hypocrisies of the period. It was a total pleasure to get caught up in, to be immersed in their courtship. 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. Copyright © 2017 Disclaimer: This site does not store any files on its server.
This movie set out to turn a true story into a screenplay and for what it was and all it claimed it be it was wonderful. Her mother did not force her into it as opposed to the movie plots version. Based on a true story. Not every movie has to be an intellectual outing. 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. Dreams shatter, love hurts, and friendships dissolve. Veronica Franco was infatuated by her girlfriend's brother, Marco, and the feeling was reciprocal in spades.
In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. As soon as she enters the profession, beautiful and intelligent Veronica gains many rich admirers who compete for time with her. Rufus Sewell, who often plays villains, is excellent as the love of her life. Simon is a 23-year-old medical student. Played to empty theaters mostly.
Women for generations have had no choices, but Veronica Franco stood up for way of life. But after that, she is sentenced by the Church for witchcraft. Catherine McCormick even resembles Biset and is perfect as Franco. 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. Jacqueline Biset is superb as Veronica's mother who taught her daughter the powerful arts of her sex and set her upon a path that led her into the arms of Senators, Kings and Priests, upon whom she had a profound influence.
At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. He and his friends party and drink and chase girls and wake up the next day to do the whole thing all over again. She and Marco, a future Senator develop a romance, but since her family is not wealthy enough to provide a good dowry, he marries a foreign noblewoman instead. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. The protagonist as played by Catherine McCormack delivers a spectacular performance of a woman stuck in a world she couldn't be herself. All contents are provided by non-affiliated third parties.
She is far too independent and intelligent to settle for being a wife. This isn't a harledquin romance. Although Veronica reveals that she is still in love with Marco, the young couple begins to realize that Veronica's status as a courtesan may come between them. Veronica is a young beautiful woman in Venice. Genre: , , Stars: , , Director: Marshall Herskovitz Country: Rating: 6. The movie revolves around Veronica Franco, a courtesan in sixteenth-century Venice who becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church. Written by I saw this when it first came out and I just saw it again on video.
The chemistry between the two lovers is authentic and palpable. The movie portrays that Marco Venier could not marry her because of a dowry and political reasons rather than the fact she was already married. Marco, coming to her defense, was solely instrumental in getting these highfalutin, trumped-up charges meant to traduce her, dropped. Why does the Crown get such accolades when a leader turns their heads against civilization, but this movie which was just meant to be the meeting of soul mates who in their current condition couldn't get married. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny — and to give herself a chance at true love.