Descending from the heavens in 2016, The Young Pope was one of the most singularly strange things to hit TV over the last decade. When marketing for Paolo Sorrentino’s Vatican-set drama first plastered the sinfully attractive Jude Law front-and-center, the internet drove straight down the “hot Pope who fucks” route. But in Law’s Pope Pius XIII, Sorrentino delivered the unexpected, a Pope that aggressively did not fuck, but instead plunged the Catholic Church into an age of extreme devotion, idolatry, and conservatism. It was also, as glimpsed through Sorrentino’s auteristic lense, very weird. Pius …

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