A racy bodice-ripper in the grand tradition of FOREVER AMBER, tarted up -- if you'll excuse the expression -- with a bit of feminist perspective. The location is Venice and the year 1583, generally a bad time and place to be a woman. Girls are
expected to dress modestly and behave submissively, marry men selected by their families for reasons having more to do with finance than romance, and avoid the twin temptations of sensuality and education -- most can't even read. Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) is beautiful, intelligent,
sexy, headstrong and poor, all considerable liabilities in this scheme of things. Unable to marry the man she loves, wealthy and well-...