“Dangerous Beauty” quotes

(1998)
Movie Dangerous Beauty
Title Dangerous Beauty
Year 1998
Director Marshall Herskovitz
Genre Drama, Romance, Biography
Plot – In Venice, in 1583, beautiful young Veronica Franco is in love with Marco, but their relationship is doomed. His family is noble and he is destined to cover high offices; she has no titles and, on top of that, her reputation is questionable as her mother Paola was a courtesan for many years. Since no other alternative seems possible, Paola starts her daughter out in the profession of courtesan. Intelligent and able to capitalize on her education and art training, Veronica soon becomes the most famous and desired courtesan in Venice. However, this comes at the expense of being with the man she loves. Marco becomes a senator of the Republic, while Veronica comes into contact with powerful men and learns of important secrets. Venice is at war and the wives must get in touch with Veronica to have news of their husbands and the developments of the military actions. The Turkish threat looms, Venice needs ships and they must be asked for from the King of France. Veronica manages to be the decisive intermediary who convinces the ruler. The Inquisition, however, accuses Veronica of witchcraft. The girl is brought to trial and is commanded to admit her sins, or she will be sentenced to death. Marco is present and takes Veronica's defense. Gradually, the situation is reversed. All the noblemen who have been in Veronica's company stand up and the woman manages to escape. Even the love story with Marco can surface.
All actors – Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward, Naomi Watts, Moira Kelly, Jacqueline Bisset, Jeroen Krabbé, Joanna Cassidy, Melina Kanakaredes, Daniel Lapaine, Justine Miceli, Jake Weber, Simon Dutton, Grant Russell, Peter Eyre, Carla Cassola, Gianni Musy, Michael Culkin, Ralph Riach, Charlotte Randle, Alberto Rossatti, Anna Sozzani, Luis Molteni, Tim McMullan, Richard O'Callaghan, Lenore Lohman, Maude Bonanni, Gaia Zoppi, Roberto Corbiletto, Annelie Harryson, David Gant, Daniele Ciampi, Elena Mita, Federico Mita, Francesca Lucidi, Simona Nobili, Lena Guthorsen, Valentina Ardeatini, Tiziana Della Spina, Anna Maria Minati, Ilaria De Vincenzis, Cristina Rinaldi, Garmy Sall, Anna Maria Malipiero, Flaminia Fegarotti, Federica Federici, Angela Camuso, Patrizia Leonet, Elide Marigliani, Natascia Pastorello, Barbara Di Dio, Fulvia Lorenzetti, Olfa Ben Romdane, Laura Tedesco, Emy Kay, , Davide Cincis, Ralph Morse
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  • “I confess I pray still to feel the touch of my lover's lips. His hands upon me, his arms enfolding me... Such surrender has been mine. I confess I pray still to be filled and enflamed. To melt into the dream of us, beyond this troubled place, to where we are not even ourselves.”
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    [Tag:passion, prayer, sex]
  • “She'll grow up just like her mother. Marry, raise children and honor her family. Spend her youth in needlepoint and rue the day she was born a girl. And when she dies, she'll wonder why she obeyed all the rules of God and Country for no biblical hell could ever be worse than a state of perpetual inconsequence.”

    Moira Kelly - Beatrice Venier
    [Tag:rules, society, women]
  • “- Veronica Franco: You sleep with Giulia every night for duty's sake. I slept with the King of France once for duty's sake. Who does not forgive?
    - Marco Venier: Perhaps I just can't live with it.
    - Veronica Franco: But I love you.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
  • “- Maffio Venier: May sing... and rhyme... and more. Still... is at best a slut... with every horny mutt! You pride yourself on arts and letters, and fucking best your manly betters!
    - Veronica Franco: I save the goodly wives of Venice from their husbands' lustful menace!”

    Oliver Platt - Maffio Venier
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    [Tag:culture, sex, singing]
  • “You, all of you, you who hunger so for what I give yet cannot bear to see that kind of power in a woman. You call God's greatest gift - ourselves, our yearning, our need to love - you call it filth and sin and heresy... I repent there was no other way open to me. I do not repent my life.”
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
  • “- Veronica Franco: My people are true citizens 700 years back.
    - Marco Venier: A coat of arms does not an inheritance make.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
  • “- Maffio Venier: It must be interesting to be in a room full of men, most of whom you've seen with their pants down.
    - Veronica Franco: Puts it all in some kind of perspective.”

    Oliver Platt - Maffio Venier
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    [Tag:men, nudity]
  • “Courtesans, my dear, are the most educated women in the world.”
    Jacqueline Bisset - Paola Franco
  • “I confess I became a courtesan, traded yearning for power, welcomed many rather than be owned by one. I confess I embraced a whore's freedom over a wife's obedience. I confess I find more ecstacy in passion than in prayer. Such passion is prayer.”
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
  • “It's the wanting that keeps us alive.”
    Jacqueline Bisset - Paola Franco
    [Tag:desire, will]
  • “- Maffio Venier: How much do you cost these days, Veronica?
    - Veronica Franco: If your prick is as limp as your verse, no price can buy time enough.”

    Oliver Platt - Maffio Venier
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
  • “- Marco Venier: Do you not like my kiss?
    - Veronica Franco: I wish it were not a sin to have liked it so.
    - Marco Venier: God made sin, though we might know his mercy.”

    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    [Tag:kiss, mercy, sin]
  • Do you know what my daughter's nurse told her today? "In a girl's voice lies temptation - a known fact. Eloquence in a woman means promiscuity. Promiscuity of the mind leads to promiscuity of the body". She doesn't believe it yet, but she will.
    Moira Kelly - Beatrice Venier
  • “Citizens of Venice! Look around you now at the disease and deaths that have taken over our once beautiful city, and tell me this plague is not a punishment from God! We are surrounded by harlots and courtesans! We must cast out those who tempt us for we are a city of shame of fornication and carnal practices that defy description. We will go the...” (continue)(continue reading)
    [Tag:lust, ruin, venice]
  • “- Veronica Franco: If I were yours alone, your property, chaste and silent, you would soon tire of me.
    - Marco Venier: You're wrong!
    - Veronica Franco: Am I?”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
  • “- Maffio Venier: Did you ever give yourself to a man who could not pay your fee?
    - Veronica Franco: What other profession will you allow me?! How shall I survive if I cannot marry?!
    - Grand Inquisitor: You will answer the question!
    - Veronica Franco: Why, when you are determined to damn me whatever I say?”

    Oliver Platt - Maffio Venier
    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
  • “- Veronica Franco: The Latin for banana is arienna. Bananatree is pala. A woman's greatest, and most hard-won asset... is an education.
    - Giulia De Lezze: Just because you can say it in Latin doesn't make it any less obscene.
    - Veronica Franco: Just because you took a vow doesn't mean you know how to love.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Naomi Watts - Giulia De Lezze
  • “- Veronica Franco: Marco, if I give them my lie, I give them my soul. I'll lose everything I ever was. My love, my words, my heart.
    - Marco Venier: Yes, but you would live.
    - Veronica Franco: As someone else.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
  • “- Veronica Franco: Recant the curse you give my kind. Admit I have, as you, a heart and mind.
    - Maffio Venier: A greedy hand, an empty heart is all that wrests your legs apart.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Oliver Platt - Maffio Venier
    [Tag:badness, greed, women]
  • “Desire begins in the mind.”
    Jacqueline Bisset - Paola Franco
    [Tag:desire, mind]
  • “What God and greed have joined together, let no love put asunder.”
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
    [Tag:god, greed, love]
  • “- Veronica Franco: There's not a man in Venice I can't have.
    - Marco Venier: And there's not a woman in Venice I can't have.
    - Veronica Franco: You cannot have me.”

    Catherine McCormack - Veronica Franco
    Rufus Sewell - Marco Venier
  • “In order to choose your lovers wisely, you need to understand men. No matter their shape or size... position or wealth... they all dream of the temptress. The irresistible... unapproachable Venus... who quickly turns pliable maiden when they've had a hard day.”

    Jacqueline Bisset - Paola Franco
    [Tag:men, temptation, women]
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