Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

Catherine McCormack
Director: Marshall Herskovitz Cast: Catherine McCormack
Catherine McCormack
, Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
, Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
Marshall Herskovitz


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Marshall Herskovitz directed this look at life in 16th-century Venice, based on Margaret Rosenthal's 1994 book The Honest Courtesan. Positioned outside of the Venetian court, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) hopes to rise above her station, but her interest in nobleman's son Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell) is blocked since his parents forbid their marriage. Following the path taken by her mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), Veronica becomes a courtesan, finding this gives her a niche in the male-dominated society. When Vatican emissaries accuse her of witchcraft, she lashes back, using the trial as a feminist forum to expose the hypocrisies of the period. Filmed in 1996 in Venice and Rome with a variety of working titles (Courtesan, Venice, and The Honest Courtesan).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0024543216162
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: New Regency
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 3,683

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine McCormack Veronica Franco
Rufus Sewell Marco Venier
Jacqueline Bisset Paola Franco
Oliver Platt Maffio Venier
Moira Kelly Beatrice Venier
Fred Ward Domenico Venier
Naomi Watts Guila De Lezze
Jeroen Krabbé Pietro Venier
Joanna Cassidy Laura Venier
Daniel Lapaine Serafino Franco
Jake Weber King Henry
Simon Dutton Minister Ramberti
Peter Eyre Doge
Michael Culkin Bishop De la Torre

Technical Credits
Marshall Herskovitz Director,Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Stefania Cella Art Director
Arthur Coburn Editor
Jeannine Dominy Screenwriter
George Fenton Score Composer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
William Hobbs Choreography
Sarah Kaplan Producer
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Paolo Lucidi Co-producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Randall Executive Producer
Kuki Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Mary Selway Casting
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Edward Zwick Producer

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