Popes on the big screen

“The conventional wisdom is that nobody since the Borgias ever actually wanted to become Pope, and that conclaves are mostly about finding a two-thirds majority that elevates one of the men locked in the Sistine Chapel to a job that none of them want. In The Shoes of the Fisherman, Quinn takes to his feet to plead with his fellow cardinals for mercy, as they rise and converge on him under Michelangelo’s frescoes like a press gang – or a lynch mob.

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