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Lucrezia Borgia (1935)

Lucrèce Borgia (original title)
At the end of the 15th Century, Rome is ruled ruthlessly by power mad and sex hungry Cesare Borgia, the eldest son of Pope Alexander VI. Following the advice of his chief adviser Niccolo ... See full summary »


Abel Gance


Abel Gance (screenplay), Léopold Marchand (dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwige Feuillère ... Lucrezia Borgia
Gabriel Gabrio ... César Borgia
Maurice Escande Maurice Escande ... Jean Borgia, Duke of Gandie
Roger Karl ... Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI
Aimé Clariond ... Niccollo Machiavelli
Philippe Hériat Philippe Hériat ... Filippo, sculptor-lover
Jacques Dumesnil ... Giannino Sforza, Duke of Milano
Max Michel Max Michel ... Alfonse de Aragon
Louis Eymond Louis Eymond ... Capt. Mario, officer-lover (as Aymond)
Jean Fay Jean Fay ... Tybald
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Pietro (as Bergeron)
Gaston Modot ... Fracassa
Antonin Artaud ... Girolamo Savonarola (as Artaud)
Marcel Chabrier ... Un moine - l'envoyé de Savonarole (as Chabrier)
Georges Prieur Georges Prieur ... Baron de Villeneuve (as Prieur)


At the end of the 15th Century, Rome is ruled ruthlessly by power mad and sex hungry Cesare Borgia, the eldest son of Pope Alexander VI. Following the advice of his chief adviser Niccolo Macchiavelli, Cesare Borgia decides to attempt to unify the country in order to become even more powerful. To this end he needs his sister Lucrezia. Presently, the beautiful creature is married to the Count of Pesaro but she would be more useful if she was the wife of Alphonse of Aragon. Never mind, let the Count join his ancestors! And when the Duke of Aragon becomes useless, Cesare easily finds his replacement. Used as a pawn by her brother, Lucrezia eventually renounces happiness and becomes patron of the arts and the letters/ Written by Guy Bellinger

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Banned in England, Germany and Italy


Drama | History | Romance


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Release Date:

12 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucrezia Borgia See more »


Box Office


FRF 2,100,000 (estimated)
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Compagnie du Cinema See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film created a scandal in 1935 because of its raunchy orgy scenes and of a brief naked shot showing Edwige Feuillère naked. See more »

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Lucrèce Borgia
7 July 2011 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

Incredibly, 'Lucrèce Borgia (1935)' is my first film from Abel Gance, one of the titans of early French cinema, though this is far from his best-known work. The film is a chronicle of the House of Borgia, a reigning family that remains notorious for their corruption and sexual debasement. I've had to do some reading up, so apologies to any history buffs if I get my details wrong. There are four main characters in this sordid tale. Pope Alexander VI (Roger Karl) is incompetent and blind to the misdeeds of his family – though historians generally portray him as being far more depraved than he is depicted here. Giovanni (Maurice Escande) is the pope's elder son, and a bit of an extravagant fop. César (Gabriel Gabrio) is a lusty, bloodthirsty monster under the advisement of Niccolò Machiavelli. Sister Lucrezia (Edwige Feuillère) is a promiscuous woman whose lovers have the unfortunate habit of being quickly murdered by the jealous, scheming César. All in all, probably not the sort of people you'd invite to a friendly game of neighbourhood charades. There are some confronting scenes in here, especially compared to the 1930s films to which one is accustomed. Confrontations are seen to draw blood, and exploited women are stripped of their clothes. There is a rather graphic recreation of the Banquet of Chestnuts, which took place on October 30, 1501, at which César (and possibly Pope Alexander VI) treated his guests to the services of 50 prostitutes.

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