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Pope Joan (1972)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Patrick Magee ...
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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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After a muted critical response, the film was severely re-edited. In its original incarnation, the film contained many flashbacks and flash-forwards, quite a progressive style for 1972. These were all removed to create a more linear story and the film was then released as "The Devil's Imposter". These changes were reinstated for a 2009 reissue. See more »

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Referenced in Giornata nera (2006) 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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Good cast in herky-jerky production
11 May 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Pope Joan" always gets panned in professional movie-review tomes and, worse, the final edit of the picture was severely tampered with by the studio, yet it does have some merit, particularly in the performances (which are all excellent). Based on a popular legend about a 9th Century nun who disguises herself as a man and--after some rather innocent deception--becomes Cardinal in Rome and later Pope. Good-looking picture was hacked up in post-production, giving the end result a half-baked feel, but I loved Liv Ullmann's work in the lead and Maximilian Schell is very sexy as a randy monk. Worth a look for Liv's admirers. **1/2 from ****


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