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The Conclave is a courtroom style drama that takes place in Rome in 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to Islam. It follows the story of twenty-seven-year-old Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia as he fights to save both his career and his life in his first papal conclave. Written by
I saw this last night by chance on the TV. It was excellent! It was wonderful to see a totally absorbing movie, with breathtaking suspense based not on endless explosions and car chases, but brava performances by talented actors with a great and insightful script.
The historical setting is very well done showing both the grimy violent of the time, and the contradictions of politics and faith in the inner workings of the Vatican.
But the main joy is the intelligent acting and clear characterizations of the contending cardinals.
Just a note: for those who don't know their history, the main character, Rodrigo Borgia went on to became Pope Alexander VI, the father of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia by the woman portrayed as his mistress in the film. He was the most controversial of the secular popes of the Renaissance.
Wonderful film, see it if you can.
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