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Encyclopedia > Dangerous Beauty
Dangerous Beauty
Directed by Marshall Herskovitz
Produced by Marshall Herskovitz
Edward Zwick
Arnon Milchan
Sarah Caplan
Written by Jeannine Dominy (screenplay)
Margaret Rosenthal (book)
Starring Catherine McCormack
Rufus Sewell
Naomi Watts
Oliver Platt
Fred Ward
Jacqueline Bisset
Distributed by Regency Enterprises
Release date(s) 20 February 1998
Running time 112 min.
Language English
Budget USD$8,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Dangerous Beauty (1998) is a biographical drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz. It is adapted from the non-fiction book The Honest Courtesan, by Margaret Rosenthal, about the life of Veronica Franco (played by Catherine McCormack), a courtesan in 16th century Venice. Marshall Herskovitz (-) is an American film director. ... Marshall Herskovitz (-) is an American film director. ... Edward Zwick (born October 8, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film director and film producer. ... Arnon Milchan (1945-) is movie producer and businessman. ... Catherine McCormack (born January 1, 1972 in Alton, Hampshire, England) is an English actress. ... Rufus Frederik Sewell (born October 29, 1967) is an English actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-Australian actress most famous for her roles in the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Oliver Platt as The West Wings Oliver Babish Oliver Platt (born January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film and television actor. ... Ward in Miami Blues (1990) Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Bisset as Gail Berke in The Deep, 1977. ... Regency Enterprises was formed in the early 80s. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory[1], the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Sir Thomas Malory wrote the most famous fictional biography of the Middle Ages with Le Morte dArthur about the life of King Arthur. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Marshall Herskovitz (-) is an American film director. ... The Honest Courtesan is a 1992 biographical book by Margaret Rosenthal about a 16th century Venetian courtesan named Veronica Franco. ... Veronica Franco (1546-1591) was a poet and courtesan of Venice during the sixteenth century. ... Catherine McCormack (born January 1, 1972 in Alton, Hampshire, England) is an English actress. ...


Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Veronica's lover Marco (Rufus Sewell) is discouraged by his family from marrying Veronica because her family is of humble means. Thus, he goes on to marry another woman of his status. Veronica and her mother (Jacqueline Bisset) must think of the future and find financial security, and Veronica's mother lays out the options. One of the few options that Veronica has in her time is to go to a convent, where she would be safe and protected, but it's not a life that fits her personality. So, Veronica's mother suggests that Veronica try to be a courtesan like her mother and grandmother before her once were. At first Veronica is less than enthusiastic about the idea of becoming a courtesan, but soon she becomes excited by the pleasures and freedom the lifestyle offers. Veronica agrees and her mother prepares her for that world. Rufus Frederik Sewell (born October 29, 1967) is an English actor. ... Bisset as Gail Berke in The Deep, 1977. ...


Once she is a courtesan Veronica has new freedoms that she never had before. She is allowed to educate herself, a great privilege in a time when many women weren't allowed to be educated. She enters a luxurious lifestyle where she and other courtesans are allowed to go where even the wives of the noble men are not allowed. She is able to socialize with kings and royalty, and influence them politically. In this world, she again meets Marco and they have an affair during his marriage. Although Marco attempts to get to know his wife, he prefers Veronica over her. But the life of a courtesan is a dangerous one, as a courtesan could end up on the streets if careless or betrayed by a jealous and spurned lover. Franco's career involves her in politics when the King of France visits.


Veronica finds herself in danger and is attacked by the Inquisition for witchcraft. The fact that several tens of thousands recently died in Venice of the plague lends momentum to this search for a scapegoat. Veronica is dragged to court, where Marco attempts to defend her. At first her trial seems hopeless, but in the end all the men that learned so much from the pleasure of her company have her acquitted of her crimes and she and Marco are finally allowed to be together.


The film would most likely appeal to period film fans, and in the end it was a box office disappointment, making about $4 million. While it might appear that this movie degrades women because the main character is a prostitute, in reality, its message could almost be considered feminist. Veronica is shown as strong and independent, and her search for freedom in a male-dominated society is a key theme of the film.


Cast

Catherine McCormack (born January 1, 1972 in Alton, Hampshire, England) is an English actress. ... Rufus Frederik Sewell (born October 29, 1967) is an English actor. ... Oliver Platt as The West Wings Oliver Babish Oliver Platt (born January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film and television actor. ... Bisset as Gail Berke in The Deep, 1977. ... Moira Kelly in The West Wing. ... Ward in Miami Blues (1990) Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-Australian actress most famous for her roles in the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ...

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