In HBO’s ‘The Young Pope,’ the Vatican Gets an Eccentric New Resident

Jan 17, 2017 335

Paolo Sorrentino's 2013 film, "The Great Beauty," which captured an Oscar for best foreign-language film, was a love letter to Rome, city of saints and sinners, in all its gorgeous entropy. For his latest endeavor, he set his sights on its most intriguing inner sanctum — the Vatican — and claimed an even bigger canvas: a 10-hour television series in which Jude Law stars as the first American pope.

"The Young Pope," debuting Sunday, Jan. 15, on HBO, lets Mr. Sorrentino once again use his trademark style — saturated Technicolor, a hint of magic realism — to explore some of his recurring preoccupations: power and loneliness.

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