Two Popes. Only one Vatican. A holy war to come.


Paolo Sorrentino
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Series cast summary:
Jude Law ...  Lenny Belardo 9 episodes, 2019-2020
John Malkovich ...  Sir John Brannox 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Silvio Orlando ...  Cardinal Angelo Voiello / ... 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Cécile de France ...  Sofia Dubois 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Javier Cámara ...  Cardinal Bernardo Gutiérrez 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Ludivine Sagnier ...  Esther Aubry 9 episodes, 2019-2020
Henry Goodman ...  Danny 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Maurizio Lombardi Maurizio Lombardi ...  Cardinal Mario Assente 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Nora von Waldstätten ...  Sister Lisette 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Ramón García Ramón García ...  Cardinal Aguirre 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli ...  Monsignor Luigi Cavallo / ... 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Thomas Miggiano Thomas Miggiano ...  Pius 8 episodes, 2019-2020
Massimo Ghini ...  Cardinal Spalletta 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Kiruna Stamell ...  The Abbess 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Kika Georgiou ...  Donna Divisa Rossa 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Mark Ivanir ...  Bauer 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Zaki Bibawi Ayyad Zaki Bibawi Ayyad ...  Faisal 7 episodes, 2019-2020
Tomas Arana ...  Tomas Altbruck 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Nadie Kammallaweera Nadie Kammallaweera ...  Sister Suree 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Eco Andriolo Ranzi Eco Andriolo Ranzi ...  Sister Caterina 6 episodes, 2020
Edoardo Bussi Edoardo Bussi ...  Girolamo 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Tony Allotta Tony Allotta ...  Califfo 6 episodes, 2019-2020
Claudio Bigagli ...  Duilio Guicciardini 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Ignazio Oliva ...  Father Valente 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Daria Baykalova ...  Amber / ... 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Matthew Smallwood ...  Young John Brannox 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Joshua Smallwood ...  Adam Brannox 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Christian Erickson Christian Erickson 5 episodes, 2020
Massimo Cagnina Massimo Cagnina ...  Don Mario 5 episodes, 2019-2020
Emmanuel Dabone Emmanuel Dabone 5 episodes, 2020
Luciano Roffi Luciano Roffi 5 episodes, 2020
Osvaldo Alzari Osvaldo Alzari 5 episodes, 2020
Libero Sansavini Libero Sansavini 5 episodes, 2020
Sergio Forconi Sergio Forconi 5 episodes, 2020
Guido Roncalli Guido Roncalli 5 episodes, 2020
Michelangelo Tarditti Michelangelo Tarditti 5 episodes, 2020
Ulrich Thomsen ...  Doctor Helmer Lindegard 4 episodes, 2019-2020
Alessandro Riceci ...  Fabiano 4 episodes, 2019-2020
Jessica Piccolo Valerani ...  Sister Pamela 4 episodes, 2019-2020
Marcello Marziali Marcello Marziali ...  Don Mimmo 4 episodes, 2019-2020
Agnieszka Jania Agnieszka Jania ...  Sister Ivanka 4 episodes, 2020
Giampaolo Nerini Giampaolo Nerini ...  Vatican Priest / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Daniel Vivian ...  Domen 3 episodes, 2019-2020
Enea Barozzi Enea Barozzi ...  Attanasio 3 episodes, 2020
Federica Corti Federica Corti 3 episodes, 2020
Robert Brodie Booth Robert Brodie Booth 3 episodes, 2019-2020
Hella Stichlmair ...  Young Lady Brannox 3 episodes, 2019-2020
Jonas Crodack Jonas Crodack ...  Young Lord Brannox 3 episodes, 2019-2020
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick 3 episodes, 2020
Marcello Romolo Marcello Romolo ...  Don Tommaso Viglietti 2 episodes, 2020
J. David Hinze ...  Leopold Essence 2 episodes, 2020
Janet Henfrey ...  Lady Brannox 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Charlie Potts Charlie Potts ...  Adam Brannox - 12 year old 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Yulia Snigir ...  Ewa Novak 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Tim Barlow ...  Lord Brannox 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Callum Potts Callum Potts ...  John Brannox - 12 year old 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Chiara Mocci Chiara Mocci ...  Young Prostitute 2 episodes, 2020
Giulio Della Monica Giulio Della Monica ...  Franciscan / ... 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Alex Esola ...  Freddy Blakestone 2 episodes, 2020
David Sebasti David Sebasti 2 episodes, 2020
Valentina Bernabei Valentina Bernabei 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Nicolò Galasso Nicolò Galasso ...  Franciscan / ... 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Marina Viro Marina Viro ...  Esther's Interviewer 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Nicole Biscaro Nicole Biscaro 2 episodes, 2019-2020
James Howard Sunderland James Howard Sunderland 2 episodes, 2019-2020
Giancarlo Fares Giancarlo Fares ...  Franco 2 episodes, 2020
Lore Stefanek Lore Stefanek ...  Attanasio's Mother 2 episodes, 2020
Francesca Cutolo 2 episodes, 2020
Michael David Fitzpatrick Michael David Fitzpatrick 2 episodes, 2020
Evandro Inetti Evandro Inetti ...  Vatican Photographer 2 episodes, 2020

The Rise of John Malkovich

Acclaimed actor John Malkovich, known for his performances in Dangerous Liaisons and Being John Malkovich, stars in the HBO series "The New Pope." What other roles has he played?

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Under the papacy of Sir John Brannox under the name of John Paul III, Vatican tries to clean its good name after a series of sexual scandals that jeopardized the institution itself. But an unexpected trouble threatens John Paul III when Lenny Belardo, the previous Pope Pius XIII who was in a coma from nine months ago after to suffer a heart attack while he was celebrating a mass, wakes up to claim his place as the legitimate Pope of Rome. The news about Pius XIII's comeback shocks the Christianity, turning the admiration of millions of believers in true idolatry for the returned Pope. Given the unusual situation of two Popes in the Vatican at the same time, it unleashes an inner war between Pius XII and John Paul III, the first to recover his power, and the second to keep it. Written by Chockys

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Even though it was released as a new series, it shares the same cast, crew, ... with The Young Pope, and plot-wise is like its second season, as it starts where the Young Pope ends at the end of the first season. See more »


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The New Pope, The Second Time
27 April 2020 | by tabledeckererSee all my reviews

The New Pope was worth a second watch as I still had questions about a number of things after having viewed it the first time. The second time, binging it all in three days as opposed to following the series from week to week, turned out to be a more enlightening way to enjoy the it because the details of previous episodes were still fresh.

So here it is.

What I loved:

The incredible cinematography, lush and just gorgeous, pared with beautiful scenic-design and costumes.

The writing. The dialogue is stylized, with an individual beauty and respect for the use of language and it pulls the viewer into a living novel that floats in and out of familiar and less familiar levels that most of us associate with reality. The twists and turns of the story are utterly impossible to predict.

Sorrentino, whether by intention or not, holds up a mirror to the viewers, often giving them the opportunity to trigger themselves, if they are so inclined, into strong, knee-jerk, emotional interpretations and various thematically diverse expressions of righteous indignation in the early episodes, only to have the perspective completely turned around in the later episodes. It is therefore, usually quite easy to tell which authors judged the entire series without having seen all episodes. There is a certain poetic justice in this.

The music.

Voiello. Everything about Voiello

An awakened Lenny

Any scene with Leopold Essence

Paolo Sorrentino introduces Federico Fellini to David Lynch and they get along famously

Episode 9

What I loved less:

The accent. Malkovich's character was given some of the greatest eloquence and most of the most beautiful verbal expressions in the entire series. I deeply respect John Malkovich as an actor. While many have come and gone, Malkovich, at his age, is right in the thick of things. He's in Billions, The New Pope and whatever else is next on his agenda. I wanted it all to work but I was pulled out of the story from time to time, asking myself just what accent that is actually supposed to be. Perhaps a back-story with an American nanny or some such would have helped.

Wrapping it up:

As you can tell, I was enchanted by The New Pope. It has an unadulteratedly unique voice which means that there is nothing even remotely like it that has ever appeared on a screen with the exception of The Young Pope.

I, for one, am hopeful that HBO will continue in the tradition that has made the company legendary, producing excruciatingly high-quality content, by soon inviting Mr. Sorrentino in to discuss the particulars of his POPE WORLD PREQUEL.

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