To be fair, a good half of Dangerous Beauty is a makeover montage. It’s all just the actress Jacqueline Bisset transforming her daughter Veronica Franco,, played by Catherine McCormack, into a courtesan so that their family will not be destitute, and will instead be incredibly wealthy and living in palazzos filled with gifted illuminated manuscripts and – dude – we have to become courtesans tomorrow. Anyhow. What I remember from this movie is that being a courtesan entailed three things:
1) Wearing high heels
2) Soaking your skin in lemon juice? Or maybe your hair? Maybe just squeezing lemons into a bathtub and bathing in them? Lemons. Massive citrus purchases.
3) Being able to eat asparagus intensely erotically.
However, I think life was slightly more difficult for the actual Veronica Franco.