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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). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Marshall Herskovitz
Director
Marshall Herskovitz
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Edward Zwick
Producer
Jeannine Dominy
Screenwriter
Bojan Bazelli
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Rosenblum
Editor
Arthur Coburn
Editor
Norman Garwood
Production Designer
Gianni Giovagnoni
Art Director
Stefania Cella
Art Director
Paolo Lucidi
Co-producer
Michael Nathanson
Executive Producer
Stephen Randall
Executive Producer
Ian Whittaker
Set Designer
Gabriella Pescucci
Costume Designer
Kuki Lopez Rodero
First Assistant Director
William Hobbs
Choreography
Wendy Kurtzman
Casting
Mindy Marin
Casting
Mary Selway
Casting
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