Sarita reviews a timeless film from the late nineties.
Starring: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, and Oliver Plat
Directed by: Marshall Herskovitz
This film was released in 1998 but is actually timeless in it’s content and message. It is a masterpiece! The film is based on a ‘true story’ as detailed in the book called The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal.
The story is set in Venice during the 16th century (a time when Venice was in it’s prime). This movie has it all, political and religious tensions / sexuality / true love / betrayal / courage / poetry / beauty / humour / tragedy and redemption.
It is the story of a highly esteemed and talented courtesan, Veronica, her life and loves. Unlike other women of her society, she is highly educated and able to discuss and act on the refinement of politics, arts, sexuality and love, with ease and grace.
It is a very well-made historical film, and yet within the story are issues which are completely relevant to people of today’s world. Veronica faces the disintegration of Venice as it faces war and plague. She is imprisoned by the dreaded Inquisition with a charge claiming that it is her seduction of men that has led to the plague.
Through this film, we discover the indomitability of the human spirit when pitted against adversities, especially when we surrender ourselves to love.
Dangerous Beauty will keep you on your toes, breathlessly waiting for what is to come… but that part I will not write about, because it is good to have some elements of surprise!
I have seen this film about five times and I am sure I will go on seeing it again and again because it is simply so powerfully touching on all levels.
This film is an inspiration for every woman – and for every man as well.
First published in Sarita’s blog: tantra-essence.com
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