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Robert Harris

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The Pope has been the spiritual leader of the Catholic church since just after the age of the dinosaur.

From what I've read on line, they have always been Italian, and always, at least seemingly, interested in the greater good of humanity.

Leave it to the Americans to screw things up.

Jude Law (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) is Lenny Balardo, the first American Pope, along with his sidekick Sister Mary (Diane Keaton, The Lemon Sisters). They hang out, smoke, and occasionally interrelate wth an old school chum, now Cardinal Dussolier (Scott Shepard, Throwing Down).

Things don't quite move in a normal fashion for Lenny, who isn't your normal old world Pope.

This makes things difficult for just about everyone, including his cook.

What's odd about this 10-part limited series from HBO, is well...

Everything.

We have no idea what Lenny really wants, or where the series is heading. Quite in the fashion of other series, both older (Twin Peaks), and newer (Lost).

I've made it through the second episode, have no idea what's going on, but remain intrigued enough to continue as time permits.

Possibly the only negative attribute, is that it will end after only ten episodes.

But conversely, and hoping for some sort of answer, the good thing is that the series is only ten episodes.

As The Pope, Jude Law is unsettling and frightening enough, that one might believe the series to be directed by Mr. Shyamalan, as opposed to Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty). It definitely has a creepy bent to it. Far more creepy and unsettling than any other film about a Pope that comes to mind.

Imagery is gorgeous. Shot digitally, and finished in 4k, it up-rezzes beautifully in projection. During long shots, especially of the crowd, one can actually count the number of the faithful in attendance. I came up with 1,237,641, although a few small children may have also been partially hidden.

Audio in DTS-HD MA 5.1 is full and rich.

Like some other productions that have combined reality with fantasy, it may not quite be the ultimate trip, but it's a journey worth taking.


Image - 5

Audio - 5

4k Up-rez - 5

Pass / Fail - Pass

Recommended

RAH
 
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I loved this series which almost defies description. Frequently dream-like with surrealist elements. Fabulous photography (I've watched it in UHD on satellite TV), great performances, intriguing script and haunting music.
 
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RAH admits (with tongue firmly in cheek) that he read about all Popes being Italian on line. We all know the internet is a fountain for alternative facts, don't we? On the other hand, someone soon might greet the present Pope (who happens to be Argentinian) and call him Don Corleone...
 
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In case no one else voices appreciation for the dryness and subtlety of RAH's wit, this was my favorite part of the post:

Jude Law (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
(Diane Keaton, The Lemon Sisters)
(Scott Shepard, Throwing Down)
 

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Not sure if this is a joke, but it's incorrect. We've not had an Italian pope since 1978, and there were non-Italian popes pre-1978 as well...
I'm sure that was tongue in cheek ... I'm sure one of the Nuns at the Our Lady of Persistence of Vision would have hit him on the knuckles with with a ruler if he made that mistake in class ...

Even my Rabbi knows the Pope is usually Roman Catholic ;) !
 

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FWIW, I figured RAH was probably joking, but I can never ignore a chance to tell someone on the Internet they're wrong! ;) :D
 

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I am halfway through this series; certainly is biazzare in presentation of some of the story yet quite engaging. Jude Law and Diane Keaton often appear to be in a different series to the actors around them. Certainly is visually splendid.
 

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