Dangerous Beauty (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Arnon Milchan Productions, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

 is wonderful in this true story of a Venetian courtesan who survives religious intolerance, a whole bevy of jealous lovers and one mother of a plague to live an independent life of her own design. has a terrific supporting role as her mother and chief ‘how-to’ coach, and the film makes sure to keep its audience constantly aware of the society these women lived in: courtesans in 17th-century Venice were the only women allowed into libraries and were extremely well educated, and if they did their job right they could live to be rich old ladies. The costumes are divinely plush and all the performers give it their all.

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