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
211 Views

OH, YOU'D BE

SURPRISED.

SAVE YOUR BLUSHES,

VERONICA.

THEY DON'T SIT WELL

WITH THE BLUNTNESS

OF YOUR TONGUE.

SURELY THEY COULD HAVE

TRADED DOWN A FEW DUCATS

FOR AN OUNCE:

OF VIRILITY.

WHY?

WELL, FOR YOUR

SISTER'S SAKE.

MY SISTER'S A PRUDE.

OH, AND SHE MIGH HAVE KEPT HER OWN BED.

IT WOULD HARDLY:

BE MORE CRUEL:

MARRYING HER:

TO GOD.

GOD ISN'T AS RICH

AS LORENZO GRITTI.

DO HONOR TO THE HOUSES

OF GRITTI AND VENIER.

FOR VENICE.

I'VE SEEN

HOW YOU LOOK AT HER

AND HOW SHE LOOKS AT YOU.

I KNOW THAT LOOK.

FATHER.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE

LOVE'S ALLURE, MARCO.

ENJOY IT, BUT...

GUARD YOUR HEAD:

AND YOUR HEART.

YOU CANNOT MARRY HER.

I KNOW.

PIETRO, COME.

I WISH THAT WERE

OUR BRIDAL CHAMBER.

OH.

YOU THINK ME TERRIBLY

WICKED FOR SAYING THAT.

NO.

YOU KNOW WE CAN'T MARRY.

I KNOW ONLY:

WHAT YOU TELL ME.

I MUST MARRY:

ACCORDING TO MY STATION

AND MY FAMILY'S WILL.

WELL, THEN

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

BECAUSE I COULD NO STAY AWAY.

WELL, THEN DON'T.

MY MARRIAGE MUST BE

A MARRIAGE OF STATE.

MY PEOPLE ARE TRUE

CITIZENS 700 YEARS BACK.

A COAT OF ARMS DOES NO AN INHERITANCE MAKE.

I SPEAK OF LOVE,

AND YOU TALK OF MONEY.

I SPEAK OF MY DUTY.

AND WHAT OF YOUR HEART?

IT ISN'T ABOUT MY HEART.

THIS IS ABOUT POLITICS.

HOW ROMANTIC.

MARRIAGE ISN'T ROMANTIC.

THAT'S WHY GOD

INVENTED POETRY.

TO SWEETEN MEN'S

LYING LIPS.

IF I WERE A LIAR,

WOULD I TELL YOU THIS NOW?

IF YOU CARED FOR ME,

YOU COULD NOT TELL ME THIS EVER.

BUT I WANT YOU.

NOT ENOUGH.

[SOBBING]

DAUGHTER, YOU HAVE

REACHED TOO HIGH.

I TOLD YOU,

MARRIAGE IS A CONTRACT.

SIGNING A TREATY.

TO A MAN:

OF MARCO'S STATION,

IT HAS NOTHING:

TO DO WITH LOVE.

BUT...

YOU CAN STILL HAVE MARCO.

BUT NOT IN WEDLOCK.

THERE'S AN ALTERNATIVE

TO MARRIAGE.

YOU'LL BECOME

A COURTESAN.

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