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Faux History, But Fun Nevertheless
on October 20, 2013
Jeremy Irons is so miscast as Rodrigo Borgia, (the fiendish Spaniard, who, as the utterly corrupt fifteenth century Pope, helped set the stage for the Reformation), in this thoroughly unconvincing performance that he is laughable. Helping Jeremy/Rodrigo is his "evil' daughter, Lucrezia, played by the sweet Holiday Grainger, who acts as if she couldn't poison a family kitchen rats, much less her husbands, Also getting into the act is Joanne Whalley, up to God-only-knows-what, as Rodrigo's former mistress, and the mother of his children. Francois Arnaud takes up the slake, and there is plenty of that, as Rodrigo's son, a Cardinal. Some other misbegotten actor plays Alexander VI's "enemy" Cardinal Della Rovere, in a forgettable performance. A big Show Time cable mess in Blue Ray. Amazon does it's usual excellent job as the seller.