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Los Borgia (The Borgia) (2006)





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The story of Spain's most infamous family is brought to the screen with surprising subtlety in this historical drama. Near the end of the 15th century, the Borgias are one of the most wealthy families in Europe, with their numbers divided between Spain and Italy, and when Rodrigo Borgia (Lluis Homar) is elected as Pope, his three sons -- Cesar (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), Juan (Sergio Muniz), and Jofre (Eloy Azorin) -- find themselves raised to positions of power as their father arranges politically advantageous marriages for them. Rodrigo's daughter Lucrecia (Maria Valverde) is also used as a bargaining chip when he persuades her to wed Giovanni Sforza, the favored son of a family often in opposition to the Borgias. While Rodrigo benefits from these alliances, his children do not -- Cesar's dreams of serving in the military are dashed when he is made to join his father in the church, Juan's time in the Army is full of unhappy consequences, Jofre's marriage to Sancha of Aragon (Linda Batista) is not fated to be a happy one, and murder stains the lives of most of the family. Originally shot as a mini-series for television, The Borgias (aka Los Borgia) was reedited for theatrical release in Spain, where it became a success at the box office.


Linda Batista
as Sancha of Aragon
Lluis Homar
as Rodrigo Borgia
Sergio Múñiz
as Juan Borgia
Roberto Álvarez
as Giovanni Sforza
Eloy Azorin
as Lucrecia Borgia
María Valverde
as Jofre Borgia
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Finally! Somebody made a movie about the infamous Borgia family! This is a subject that deserves film treatment, and Antonio Hernandez does an excellent job in telling the tale of the scandalous Borgia family of late 15th Century Rome. When thinking of the name Borgia, most people tend to instantly think of Lucrezia, but usually for the wrong reasons. Unlike the legends that have sprung up about her, Lucrezia was not a rampant poisoner. This film actually takes on this more realistic form of her. The nastiness of the family truly does lie in the male members of her family, especially her father Rodrigo (Pope Alexander VI) and her brother Cesare. This, too, is portrayed well in the film. They are a wacky family, very ambitious and living in very troubled times, but always larger-than-life. The technical aspects of the film also deserve praise. From the details of the sets and locations to the costumes and props, everything helps to recreate the world of late- Renaissance Italy. My one complaint about this movie is the exaggerated importance of Caterina Sforza. However, I suppose the film makers wanted the actress Paz Vega to have something substantial for her involvement with the film.

Alan Fong
Alan Fong

Man no one does steamy royal period dramas like the Spanish (well except maybe the French) : ) Paz actually just has a small supporting role and doesn't even appear for an hour, but there's plenty of backstabbing & au naturelle courtesans to keep the eyes open . . .

John Gilmore
John Gilmore

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