The Borgias: Season 3
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Oscar winner Jeremy Irons stars in THE BORGIAS, the saga of history's most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons and poisonously seductive daughter, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy.
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On a historical note, I really wonder how accurate this is. I know this is a work of fiction based on some historical facts and a producer's view to make it more entertaining...I'm not a historian, but Giuliano Della Rovere was recorded as trying to kill Rodrigo Borgia multiple times to 'cleanse' the Chair of St. Peters and was upset that HE had not won the title of Pope himself. Like the narrator says in the beginning of the movie "Braveheart", history is written by those kings/rulers that win the wars and live the longest, and the history written by the Pope (Giuliano Della Rovere) after Rodrigo Borgia died would carry enough weight to be believed through centuries, right? The Borgia's were portrayed as being able to murder and poison almost anybody they wished at any time they wished, so why was Giuliano Della Rovere able to survive so long and so many attempts on his life? Further, after Rodrigo Borgia passed, Giuliano Della Rovere again did not become Pope. What happened to this Pope...? He lived for ~18 days (or 23? I don't remember exactly) before being killed, and then Giuliano Della Rovere was finally named Pope and ruled for many years after. Also, Giuliano Della Rovere had a father or grandfather that had been Pope, and from what little reading I've done, he seemed to almost think he should have been named Pope, almost as if he was the heir apparent to the Chair of St. Peters. I don't know if I'm right, but you have to admit, it is a little fishy since Giuliano Della Rovere had many years to tell tales to people recording history. My apologies if this offends anybody.
The Italian Renaissance was a complex culture, characterized by ornate language and Machiavellian personalities proficient in multiple intellectual and artistic pursuits, who were hammering out numerous irons in very hot fires. In this video many authentic details are brought out in passing, and the overall tone reflects the spirit of the times; but dialog and characterization are simplified to appeal to a modern audience and advance the plot. Irons' Pope, papal as he must be when greeting emissaries and corraling wayward cardinals, is at heart a Morisco peasant, shocked at the toxicological indiscretions of his utterly charming daughter, blind to the vicious ineptitude of his pox-ridden elder son, dismissive, even distrusting, of his brilliant younger son: an iron paterfamilias who is nonetheless easily gulled by his women--daughter, mother, mistress--all working in cahoots.
In short, the Borgias, though wealthy, powerful, and ambitious, engage us ultimately as the kind of people we all know and understand, so that the historical events of their long-gone culture have the vitality of the twists and turns of life.
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I'm not sure how this series does in terms of historical accuracy, but oh, it's such fun to watch - and it did get me...Read more
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