Jude Law is shot on the set of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's TV series "The Young Pope", in Venice's St. Mark's Square, Jan. 12, 2016.
AP Photo/Luigi Costantini
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The Vatican newspaper has broken a yearlong silence and weighed in on director Paolo Sorrentino's "The Young Pope," giving the series generally positive reviews despite what it called the "frivolous," "caustic" and "grotesque" way it painted the Vatican.The main essay was penned by Juan Manuel de Prada, a Spanish intellectual who explored the contradictions – in Sorrentino, in the character of Pope Pius XIII, played by Jude Law, and in the Vatican hierarchy – that were presented by the series.Orlando's Cardinal Voiello, named for a popular brand of Italian pasta, is a perfect amalgam and caricature of real-life past Vatican secretaries of state in both his love of football and his devotion to a severely disabled child.In his review, de Prada found that inside Sorrentino's anti-clerical rants there was also a "docile admiration for the church".
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