Dangerous Beauty

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"Born without privilege. Bound by tradition. She found the courage to follow her heart."
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.1  (19,379)

In 16th century Venice, a young woman named Veronica Franco (played by Catherine McCormack) is determined to live life on her own terms despite the societal constraints placed upon her as a woman. The film Dangerous Beauty follows Veronica as she navigates the world of courtesans, using her intelligence, wit, and beauty to secure her place in society.

Veronica is initially betrothed to a wealthy merchant, Marco Venier (played by Rufus Sewell), but when his family's fortunes take a turn for the worse, the engagement is called off. Left with few options, Veronica turns to her mother's friend, Paola (played by Jacqueline Bisset), who is a courtesan. Paola takes Veronica under her wing, teaching her the art of seduction and grooming her to become a courtesan herself.

At first, Veronica is hesitant to engage in sexual relationships for money, but she soon realizes that it gives her power and freedom. She becomes one of the most successful courtesans in Venice, attracting the attention of powerful men, including the King of France. Despite her success, Veronica realizes that her reputation as a courtesan could jeopardize her chances of marrying a respectable man and securing a future for herself.

Veronica's relationship with Marco Venier is rekindled, and they begin a passionate affair, but their love is complicated by politics and the looming threat of war. Marco becomes embroiled in a plot to overthrow the ruling oligarchy of Venice, and Veronica must decide where her loyalties lie.

The film explores themes of gender roles, power, and politics, as well as the complexities of love and relationships. Catherine McCormack delivers a captivating performance as Veronica Franco, a woman determined to forge her own destiny and challenge the societal norms of her time. Rufus Sewell is excellent as Marco Venier, Veronica's lover and political ally, while Oliver Platt provides comic relief as the boisterous and eccentric poet Maffio Venier.

The setting of 16th century Venice is beautifully captured, with stunning costumes and elegant architecture. The film also features a lush soundtrack, with music by Sting and Loreena McKennitt.

Overall, Dangerous Beauty is a compelling and thought-provoking film that explores the lives of women and men in Renaissance Italy. With a strong cast, stunning visuals, and an engaging storyline, it is a must-see for fans of historical dramas.

Dangerous Beauty is a 1998 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

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    7.1  (19,379)