In medieval Europe, a pious young woman becomes a scholar of theology, disguises herself as a man, rises through the Catholic Church hierarchy and is elected Pope.

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Joan's Father
Natasa Nicolescu ...
Joan's Mother
Sharon Winter ...
Joan as a child
Margareta Pogonat ...
Village woman
Richard Bebb ...
Lord of Manor
Peter Arne ...
Richard
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Elder monk
George Innes ...
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Young monk
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Cecilia
Susan Macready ...
Sister Nunciata
Shelagh Wilcocks ...
Sister Louise
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Mother Superior
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Emperor Louis
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This movie is based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. Although it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, this movie presents her existence as fact, and portrays her relationships with other notables of the time. Written by edk <laplaza@ccnet.com>

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29 September 1972 (West Germany)  »

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The Devil's Imposter  »

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Nigel Havers' film debut. See more »

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Version of Pope Joan (2009) See more »

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Tu es Petrus
Sung by The Sistine Chapel Choir
Under the Direction of Domenico Bartolucci
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A 'must see' film
10 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SHE...WHO WOULD BE POPE

A must-see film. Franco Nero is so gorgeous in period dress (remember CAMELOT) he should never be seen in anything but costume drama. When he appears on screen you can feel his charisma... He's the love interest, and you can't help but envy the actresses who worked with him, but it's a woman's story and it is Liv Ullmann as the woman who would be - and probably was - the Pope, who carries the picture. As an actress she can do almost anything and in this picture does it most eloquently. She's touchingly vulnerable as a young girl, imperious as the Pope, heart-breaking as a desperate woman facing an impossible end. It contains all the best ingredients of a film. A fabulous movie, not to be missed!!


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