Young and charming, newly elected Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, is the first American Pope in history. His ascension appears to be the result of a simple, effective media strategy implemented by the College of Cardinals. In the Vatican, however, the prevailing wisdom is the church's leaders have chosen a mysterious figure as their guiding force. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. As Belardo begins his reign, he is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican stewards, instead relying on Sister Mary to serve as his chief adviser. While she urges him to focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows little interest in making himself known, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses. The 10-episode drama series stars Jude Law in the title role and Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City.
The pictures shown during the opening titles are: 'Adoration of the Shepherds' (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst, 'Delivery of the Keys' (1482) by Perugino, 'Conversion on the Way to Damascus' (1601) by Caravaggio, an icon representing the First Council of Nicaea, 'Peter the Hermit Riding a White Mule with a Crucifix in His Hand and Circulating Through the Cities and Villages Preaching the Crusade' (1827-29) by Francesco Hayez, 'Stigmata of St. Francis' (ca. 1420) by Gentile da Fabriano, 'Saint Thomas of Villanova Distributing Alms' (ca. 1660) by Mateo Cerezo, 'Michelangelo Presents Paul IV with His Model of St Peter's' (1619) by Passignano, and 'The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre' (1572) by François Dubois. See more »
Well balanced, beautifully written script, plenty of fun.
It was everything I was hoping for, great set, awesome cast. Lots of swish vocabulary being delivered and not overdone. My thoughts after 30 minutes were "This is going to be Boardwalk Empire in the Vatican" and more. That's not to say that this is like anything done before, more, totally hasn't been done before, and instead of the huge music scores and frowning gown clergy, you get an unpredictable drama, plenty of humour and some wonderfully shot scenes - None of which distract. Jude Law plays the Pope like your father plays the villain when you have a friend over - His vindictive nature is apparent and has you rubbing your hands for the next time the Pope wants to single somebody out... He suffers no fools... Watch it folks, it's fantastic!
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