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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 »

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Christian-Jaque

Writers:

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Handsome production--and leading actress
19 January 2010 | by opusv5See all my reviews

I just saw a French-language (w/subtitles) DVD of this film, which is/was famous for Martine Carol's bathing au naturelle. That is not the film's only nudity, and the film was probably thus censored upon release in the USA. Otherwise, the costumes and overall production values were impressive for the era, considering that European cinema didn't have Hollywood's finances. Martine Carol played the part adequately while showing a good figure for someone past the age of thirty (we could all do as well). I'm not sure if Pedro Armendariz spoke French, but he plays the part of Lucrezia's brother César credibly. This film is condensed and probably filtered history, though it is possible that the Borgias, especially Lucrezia, may suffer from a bad press. They had many enemies, some deserved, who may have exaggerated their deeds into misdeeds.


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