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Lucrèce Borgia (1953)

In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by César Borgia and his sister Lucrètè. In a ruthless power play, César plots to have his sister's husband ... See full summary »

Director:

Christian-Jaque

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Alfred Schirokauer (novel), Christian-Jaque (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine Carol ... Lucrèce Borgia
Pedro Armendáriz ... César Borgia
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... Julie Farnese
Arnoldo Foà ... Michelotto
Piéral Piéral ... Le bouffon
Christian Marquand ... Paolo (as Christian Marquant)
Tania Fédor Tania Fédor ... La dame d'atours
Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd ... Le médecin
Maurice Ronet ... Perotto
Raphaël Patorni Raphaël Patorni ... L'envoyé d'Este
Olivier Mathot Olivier Mathot ... Le sculpteur
Jackie Blanchot Jackie Blanchot ... Un spadassin (as Jacky Blanchot)
Joé Davray Joé Davray ... Un spadassin (as Joe Davray)
Georges Demas Georges Demas ... Un bourreau de Micheletto
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Sforza
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In the early 16th century, Italy is ruled by the powerful Borgia family, led by César Borgia and his sister Lucrètè. In a ruthless power play, César plots to have his sister's husband murdered. But without her brother's knowledge, Lucrècè has taken a strong lover who will challenge the Borgias. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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In the Blood-Drenched History of Infamy Her Beauty Wrote the Most Sinful Page of All! See more »


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 October 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucretia Borgia See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 15420 delivered on 28-11-1953. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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Never bored with Borgia
2 February 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

First effort in the Martine Carol (then the director's wife) period for director Christian -Jaque :"Lucrece " was followed by a horrible sketch in "Destinées" ,then two costume dramas ("Nana" "Madame Du Barry");"Nathalie" an undistinguished spy thriller was the end of the era .

UNlike the best works of the thirties and forties ,these glossy productions, filmed in color ,were icily impersonal ,but Christian- Jaque knows the tricks of the trade : impressive settings ,glistening colors ,prestige cast (Carol ,Christian Marquand,Pedro Armendariz ,even dwarf Pieral ,Maurice Ronet).Who cares if Martine is too old for the part? (In Delannoy's sketch in " Destinées ,Michele Morgan ,thirty-four,portrayed Joan of Arc!)enter Who cares if a whole sequence is borrowed from "the most dangerous game" ,complete with spears and dogs ?Who cares if the orgies were inspired by Abel Gance 's own version (1935)?

Lucrezia was essentially a pawn in her dad's and her brother's games ,a political way to enter into alliance with a potential enemy :so who cares if she really loves the duke of Aragon?On this point,the movie is accurate.

There's a sadistic scene in which two old men fight for their lives over fires :Lucrezia gladly watches this dubious show. Historians generally agree that the heroine 's bad reputation has been blown out of all proportion ,and she was mainly a patron ,protecting the arts.

It's not among Christian-Jaque's best films ,but it's perfect Saturday-night-at-the -movies stuff.Why deny yourself an entertaining yarn?


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