Dangerous Beauty

Primary Creator
Director Marshall Herskovitz
Actress Catherine McCormack
Actor Rufus Sewell
Screenplay Jennine Dominy
Actor Oliver Platt
Duration111 minutes
Name of WorkDangerous Beauty
Production Date1998
Production Location

Current Location

Media TypesDVD
General Notes

Based on a biography called the "Honest Courtesan" by Margaret Rosenthal.


Presumed to be the true story of Veronica Franco, a famous courtesan (high-end whore/prostitute) who was known as a poetess. She went into the whoring business because in Venice of that time you either were an object owned by your husband, and were obedient, shallow, ignorant, etc. -- or you could become educated if you became a high end hooker. She went the latter route because her mother helped her (having been one herself). She spent much time learning literature and all about physical love, and all the tricks of the trade. She became a master of it, as well as prized for her wit and intelligence. She saved Venice by screwing the King of England. Then she was denounced as a whore by the Inquisition and put on trial, and her eloquent speech in her moral defense is one of the great speeches of the cinemal.


The importance of accepting your own rules for living, your own morality.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

The world is a horrible split of conventional marital morality vs. honest but promiscuous morality. The way to live requires one sacrifice one's body for one's soul.


Courtesan, Venice