A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
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Italy, 15th century. Rodrigo Borgia is a cunning schemer. For thirty years he has worked himself up in the Roman Catholic Church and now has been elected as pope by the college of cardinals. Borgia hasn't any religious motives though, it's all about power for him. With his papal power he starts a reign of terror, eliminating rivals. A new age will start for the Borgia family, he thinks and his four children are the most important pawns. His beautiful daughter Lucrezia and passive son Jofré are married off to tighten bonds with rival families. The same goes for Juan, who is also made captain of the Vatican army. Rodrigo's firstborn Cesare is now cardinal. He doesn't like it all. As the born fighter of the family, he sees himself most fit in the position of Juan. Cesare gets increasingly dissatisfied as cardinal and is more and more agitated by his family. Then Juan suddenly dies after an assault. Written by
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Nice history of the family. Little about the period
Really nice film. I enjoyed it a lot, and was not long at all. May be is because I love historic films.
One of the best things about the film, is the way the Pope and the cardinals are depicted. They are not pious people like in many films. Instead they behave like emperors and politicians, which is probably nearer the reality. There is also some nudity, but I don't think they abuse of it at all, even more if we read about the morals of the Borgia family.
The only thing I didn't like much about the film, is that it narrates only the facts surrounding the Borgia family and their political interests, buts speaks very little about the overall situation in Europe, and the important changes in Europe's art and society during the 14th and 15th century.
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