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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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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 October 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucretia Borgia See more »

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Technical Specs

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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SINS OF THE BORGIAS (Christian-Jaque, 1953) **1/2
18 August 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This reasonably well-mounted and quite stylish historical saga features impeccable period detail but, unfortunately, fizzles out in the second half – emerging to be rather uneven overall. Besides, it doesn’t rise to the full potential offered by its famous (and much-filmed) events – especially given the fact that the character of Lucretia has been considerably whitewashed! Still, the court intrigue is more interesting than the romance – but the pageantry is rather splendid, and there’s plenty of exciting action throughout (including a manhunt a' la THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME [1932]).

The casting, too, is exemplary: Martine Carol is an ideal Lucretia (she went on to portray another famous ‘courtesan’ in Max Ophuls’ sublime LOLA MONTES [1955]); a dashing Massimo Serato; a rather subdued Pedro Armendariz as Cesare Borgia; an impressively slinky Arnoldo Foa' as Cesare’s resourceful lieutenant; rugged Christian Marquand and an impossibly young Maurice Ronet as two of Lucretia’s ill-fated conquests; a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him Howard Vernon as a vicar; Valentine Tessier as a wealthy eccentric (she had been Madame Bovary in Jean Renoir’s 1933 version); and Pieral, the psychoanalyst dwarf from Luis Bunuel’s THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977), who provides amusing but somewhat misplaced comic relief.

For the record, the following are the other films I’ve watched centering around this infamous noble family: Mitchell Leisen’s BRIDE OF VENGEANCE (1948), Henry King’s PRINCE OF FOXES (1949; recently released on DVD); and Sergio Corbucci’s much-inferior remake of THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1966). One I’d love to check out is Abel Gance’s LUCREZIA BORGIA (1935; also available on disc through Image).


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