CHAOSTOCOSMOS

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Day Two: Favourite Movie

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The Honest Courtesan (a.K.A. Dangerous Beauty)

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but I also find it more compelling, which is why I’ve chosen this as my favourite film. My understanding is that Margaret Rosenthal’s biographical book, The Honest Courtesan, which the film is closely based upon, is considered to be well-researched. I’ve also read that many of the witty lines in the film come directly from the 16th Century sources.

You also have a bloke willing to give up everything; power, position, even his own life rather than be without his love: something you definitely only expect to see in fiction, which is what makes it all the more moving every time you watch the scene. (Just wish that still happened.) And I shan’t deny that having this character played by Rufus Sewell makes it even better.

A strong-willed and clearly highly intelligent woman, especially in those times, is a wonderful inspiration, whatever you think of the profession she was required to enter and, then, of course, it’s all set in scrumptious costumes in opulent surroundings in beyond beautiful Venice. What’s not to like?

(This is one of a series of posts following this 30 Day Challenge, which really isn’t at all challenging. It’s also quite adolescent, but is just meant as fun.)

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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