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Cécile De France,
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
A treat for history buffs who like their movies to absorb rather just entertain. The combination of sophistry and brutality paints a picture of the age in which it is set. Cardinals with mistresses, and low scruples in arm-twisting confrontation over the election of the new pope pits the shrewd but earthy Piccolomin (played in character by Brian Blessed) against the ruthless and brilliant D'Estouteville (James Faulkner). The plot includes promises of royal patronage, rival families asserting threats, and anti-Spanish killing. Should be familiar to all politicians with promises to make and break.
It is a 15th Century "12 Angry Men", in this case 18.
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