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.
Heresy ... or history ?
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The original plan was to shoot on location in Italy but this proved too expensive so the film was made at Bray Studios outside London, home to the Hammer horror movies. Some location work was done in Romania and Cyprus. Shooting in Romania proved to be rather difficult, given that there was hardly anything of a native film industry and also because the country was very tightly controlled by the Communist regime. See more
The 2009 cut includes the 20th century scenes but omits 20 minutes of scenes with Joan being Pope. See more
Referenced in Giornata nera
Tu es Petrus
Sung by The Sistine Chapel Choir
Under the Direction of Domenico Bartolucci See more