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21 January

Masturbation and Marilyn Manson at the Vatican

 

Written and directed by Italian film maker Paolo Sorrentino, the series “The New Pope” is back on our screens with Jude Law as a sexy pope, three years after his initial steps wearing a cassock in “The Young Pope”. The first two episodes were shown last night on Canal +: Cécile de France and Ludivine Sagnier are also back, having already been cast in the first season. 

By Chloé Sarraméa

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“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) de Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved
“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved

This winter is offering particularly rich pickings in terms of church-inspired TV productions. After the storming success of the film The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins seated on the papal throne – shown on Netflix and made by the Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles – Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino is back on the small screen with the sequel (or beta version) to the adventures of his Pope Pius XIII (played by Jude Law), a made-up clergyman who never existed.

 

In the opening instants of the first episode of The New Popewe see a nun caring for an almost lifeless body, laid out in a chapel with walls hung with vast fluorescent crosses. When she has finished washing the face of Pope Pius XIII, plunged into a coma, the nun lies down and starts masturbating, stimulated by the inanimate body of a finely-honed Jude Law. And the credits kick in, accompanied by electronic music by Lele Marchitelli, who composed the original soundtrack to The Great Beauty of 2013, punctuated with highly saturated images, setting the tone for this transgressive series about a hypothetically progressive Vatican. 

“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved

Co-produced by Sky, HBO and Canal +, the series wasn’t originally part of the director’s plan: not wanting to prolong the adventures of the young pope played by Jude Law, Paolo Sorrentino was finally persuaded to do a sequel about his imaginary Vatican. Occupied by the production of his biopic about the Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi, Silvio and the Others (2018), the filmmaker had put any ideas of a follow-up to The Young Pope on hold: at the end of the first season, we left the Pope Pius XIII suffering from a seizure just after revealing his face to a delirious crowd.

“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino / Photo by Gianni Fiorito © Wildside/Sky Italia/Haut et Court TV/Mediaproducción 2019. All rights reserved

“The New Pope” (2019) by Paolo Sorrentino

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