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Beatrice name given by Dante of Chancery in Vita nuova and The Divine Comedy to the woman with whom he had fallen in love at his first sight of her; in The Divine Comedy she is his guide for his spiritual journey. While her identity is not certainly known, she is generally identified with Bice Portinari, who married Simone de' Bardi and died in 1290.

Beatrice is also the name of the spirited heroine of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1598–9).


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Beatrice ★★★½ La Passion Beatrice 1988 (R)

In France during the Middle Ages, a barbaric soldier of the Hundred Years' War returns to his estate that his daughter has maintained, only to brutalize and abuse her. In French with English subtitles. 132m/C VHS . FR Julie Delpy, Barnard Pierre Donnadieu, Nils (Niels) Tavernier; D: Bertrand Tavernier; W: Colo Tavernier O'Hagan; C: Bruno de Keyzer; M: Lili Boulanger. Cesar '88: Costume Des.

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