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
In the version shown on BBC TV on 22nd October 2005, the 20th-century bookend scenes are cut, Keir Dullea
and Robert Beatty
do not appear, and the film ends abruptly with the crowd descending on Joan. See more
Version of Pope Joan
Tu es Petrus
Sung by The Sistine Chapel Choir
Under the Direction of Domenico Bartolucci See more