HBO’s ‘Young Pope’ Portrays Pope As Cigarette Smoking Manipulator Who ‘Lusts For Women, But Could Go Either Way’ And Doesn’t Believe In God

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Jude Law is a dangerously iconoclastic Pontiff and Diane Keaton his chief advisor in Paolo Sorrentino’s Vatican-set satire made for Sky, HBO and Canal+.

Who knows where Paolo Sorrentino’s amusing, unpredictable and irreverent Vatican fantasy, The Young Pope, will lead over the course of its ten episodes? From the look of the first two hours screened in Venice, this is a potential hit for Sky, HBO and Canal+, combining the Italian director’s sardonic, Fellini-inspired gift for the bizarre with the world’s ever-growing hunger to peep behind the screens at St. Peter’s. A match made in heaven. The miniseries has already sold widely and the door is open to a second season.

Sorrentino’s taste for the grotesque at times gets out of hand, but generally serves him well in this comic approach to the hidebound traditions of the miniscule Papal state. It’s a far cry from the gentle, respectful humor…

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