HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Harpoon
Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, The
Dark Phoenix
No Mercy
Arctic
Fate of Lee Khan, The
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Ladyworld
Rocketman
Kid Who Would Be King, The
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
America America
Darkest Minds, The
Along Came Jones
Hummingbird Project, The
Under the Table You Must Go
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War
Hanging Tree, The
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Itsy Bitsy
Witchmaker, The
Prey, The
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Happy Death Day 2U
Full Moon High
Strange But True
Kamikaze 1989
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Epic
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Isabelle
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Oblomov
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
   
 
Newest Articles
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
   
 
  Honest Courtesan, The Buy this film here.
Year: 1998
Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Jacqueline Bisset, Moira Kelly, Naomi Watts, Fred Ward, Jeroen Krabbé
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Historical, Biopic
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: The Honest Courtesan, directed by Marshall Herskovitz, is delightful old tosh. Set in Venice, it has lush, sexy costumes, squidgy photography, sunny back-lighting and swelling violins. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also cut'n'thrust sword-play, bosoms staining in their corsets, horses cantering in valleys, jolly bateaux decked in scarlet and gold, doggerel, oops I mean poetry, a duel where the heroine whips her skirt off to reveal a natty pair of breeches, and of course, lots of men in wet shirts. Yummy. The cherry on the trifle is a splendid courtroom struggle (complete with charcoal smudge on heroine's cheek) to escape the tender embrace of the Spanish Inquisition.

The film tells the true-life story of one Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack), a historical poetry-bint who is in lurve with posh hunk Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell) and who avoids a a lifetime of prayer by opting for the glamorous, sexy, amusing career of tart to the toffs. There’s no mention of any drawbacks – apart from the Inquisition of course... oh and Oliver Platt sulking because he doesn’t get to shag anyone and has to wear a boring monk’s outfit, poor ol’ thing.

Still, he sulks terrifically convincingly, Catherine McCormack enjoys herself throughout and Rufus Sewell, whilst not quite up there with Colin Firth in the smouldering stakes, is still admirably energetic – falls in the canal, has fights, swears, sweats, drinks, shags the heroine, twitches a muscle in his cheek, punches Oliver Platt, and gets his sword out at the least provocation. All spendid stuff.

The Honest Courtesan is as corny as Kansas in springtime, no cliche is left unturned, and what's more the actors have chosen accents at random from all over the US and UK, meaning that the French Roi Henri speaks with an accent from deepest darkest Essex. (Classy, huh?) But the best bit, and the scene that makes the film really worth watching is when Jacqueline Bisset imports a naked man into the house in order to teach her daughter the tricks of the trade.

“Watch this,” she says, fondling his downstairs department with zest. “See what happens?” Everyone looks down. At which point the film cuts to a close up of the naked man’s face...

...truly an acting classic.
Reviewer: Samantha David

 

This review has been viewed 7205 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: