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      Dangerous Beauty

      R Released Feb 20, 1998 1 hr. 51 min. History Drama List
      70% 30 Reviews Tomatometer 85% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Veronica (Catherine McCormack) is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell), cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love. Read More Read Less

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      Shawna T Funny, fast-paced, lavish, vibrant and romantic. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/22/24 Full Review Audience Member A time when women were seen as property instead of equals and only royalty married royalty It's Venice 1853 and one young woman will change things during the age of courtesans Marshall Herskovitz makes the true story of a new kind of love starring Catherine McCormack, Moira Kelly, Rufus Sewell, Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, the late Fred Ward, and Jacqueline Bisset Veronica Franco is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family So Veronica's mother, Paola teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love But society deems it unworthy, even the Church deeming her accused of witchcraft Their goal is to drive out the harlots they believe plague their city, it's bad enough war and disease ravages Europe at this point Is beauty a manifestation of the divine?, is marriage only a contract?, witchcraft to some seems like the only explanation for depravity, yearning and need for love can be labeled as filth for damnation of our souls The costumes are intricately detailed, the setting is astonishing, and the music is quite soothing The last half is where the plot actually gets very serious and it becomes downright saddening But McCormack and Sewell are the bright spots playing loving souls in an era when religious persecution and elegant company reign It's also refreshing to have a love story told from a female's perspective given the roles that dominated much of this part of human history Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Steve D The premise was interesting but the execution was lacking. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Radheshwari S A well-done movie of a time we can hardly imagine, 16th Cent Venice. It's about the social standing of the courtesans, their unique knowledge and mastery of the fine arts equal to the men of nobility of that time. A beautiful film so see the acting of Jacqueline Bisset, Naomi Watts, Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell. And apparently it is the story of Veronica Franco. And has much to say about love and culture as well. This film is a treasure! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member You can time travel with this movie and feel wonderful about it. Casting is true to their characters. Both men and women have something to learn even to this modern day. On the other hand this could the life of just one extraordinary courtesan but others might not have been this lucky enough though. It is definitely an excellent example of how education do not call for boundaries but pure desire. This movie could be an wonderful distraction from the routine. Go ahead and watch it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie, I know it's far from historically accurate but the story is just very entertaining to me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 1.5/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Susan Stark Detroit News Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Emma Clark-Dow Stuff.co.nz If you love a historical film with unrequited love, war, plague and even witchcraft, Dangerous Beauty is for you. May 4, 2023 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight This film can be seen on the small screen, since it’s not big, but make sure you have some good resolution on your TV or you’ll miss some of the more elegant work of the year. Rated: 3/4 Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant Only McCormack manages to breathe any urgency into a tale that takes far too long to escape the fate of too many films set in Venice, in which San Marco and the Grand Canal's gondola fleet overwhelm story and characters. Apr 25, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Veronica (Catherine McCormack) is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell), cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love.
      Director
      Marshall Herskovitz
      Executive Producer
      Michael G. Nathanson, Stephen Randall
      Screenwriter
      Margaret Rosenthal, Jeannine Dominy
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      New Regency Pictures, Bedford Falls Productions
      Rating
      R (Scenes of Strong Sexuality|Nudity|Language)
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 20, 1998, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.6M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, DTS, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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