Dangerous Beauty

Synopsis: 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. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. 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. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier.
Director(s): Marshall Herskovitz
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
70%
R
Year:
1998
111 min
194 Views

OH, ELENA,

DON'T CALL ME THAT.

IT MAKES ME FEEL ANCIENT.

YOUNG LADIES:

OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE

MUST BE CHAPERONED.

A GOOD MARRIAGE:

FOR VERONICA:

COULD WIN ME:

A PROPER COMMISSION.

I ALWAYS LIKED MARCO VENIER.

HE'LL NEVER MARRY HER

IF HE HAS HER FIRST.

MARRY HER?

A BRIDE OF MARCO'S

WILL NEED A KING'S RANSOM.

I SEE...

MY FATED STARS.

YOUR EYES,

THEY MELT ME:

AS THE SUN DOES SNOW.

I BOUGHT THIS:

IN ROME FOR YOU.

YOU DIDN' BUY IT FOR ME.

YES, I DID.

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW IT.

[BOTH LAUGH]

OH, SUCH AN EASY GIF

MIGHT EASILY BE:

TAKEN BACK AGAIN.

THEN NAME ME ANY OTHER GIFT.

THE BOOK WILL DO

FOR NOW.

I THINK PERHAPS:

YOU'RE TOO YOUNG

TO ACCEPT WHAT I WOULD

TRULY GIVE YOU.

WELL, I AM NOT SO YOUNG

AS YOU ARE VAIN.

YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED,

HAVE YOU?

HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?

I FEAR YOU MISTAKE ME

FOR ONE OF YOUR EASY

COURT COMPANIONS.

NO.

NO.

I MISTOOK THE ASKING

IN YOUR EYES.

DO YOU NOT LIKE MY KISS?

I WISH IT WERE NOT A SIN

TO HAVE LIKED IT SO.

GOD MADE SIN:

THAT WE MIGHT KNOW

HIS MERCY.

Veronica:
I FIND MYSELF

WITHIN HIS EYES:

AND LONG FOR MORE,

MYSELF TO KNOW.

HE HEARS, IT SEEMS,

MY SILENT CRIES:

AND MAKES MY HEAR MY REASON'S FOE.

HOW CAN THIS BE,

TO LOVE SO QUICKLY?

"LOVE DOES NOT WAIT,"

IS HIS REPLY.

WHAT MAGIC WEAVES HIS TOUCH

TO TRICK ME?

HOW CAN I NOW:

MY LOVE DENY?

FOR MY BRIDE.

A LITTLE:

WEDDING TRINKET.

[DING DING DING]

LORENZO GRITTI...

AND HIS FAIR BRIDE.

YOUR UNION GIVES US

GREATEST PRIDE.

GOOD HEALTH,

GREAT WEALTH:

AND LASTING LINE.

ON YOUR UNION,

GOD'S GLORY SHINE.

HOW COULD THEY?

HOW COULD WHO WHAT?

YOUR PARENTS MARRY

YOUR SISTER OFF:

TO THAT PIECE OF

DECAYING FLESH.

THAT PIECE:

OF DECAYING FLESH

IS A COUSIN OF THE DOGE,

CONFIDANT OF THE POPE.

THE ROMAN COUR ADORES HIM.

THE ROMAN COURT DOESN' HAVE TO SLEEP WITH HIM.

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