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Pope Joan (1972)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pope Joan
... Joan's Father
Natasa Nicolescu ... Joan's Mother
Sharon Winter ... Joan as a child
Margareta Pogonat ... Village woman
Richard Bebb ... Lord of Manor
... Richard
... Elder monk
... Monk
... Young monk
... Cecilia
Susan Macready ... Sister Nunciata
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Sister Louise
... Mother Superior
... 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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Liv Ullmann (Pope Joan), Maximilian Schell (Brother Adrian) and Jeremy Kemp (Joan's Father) all later appeared in A Bridge Too Far (1977). 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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and the writer?
18 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

There is a novel (Pope Joan/ I Papissa Iwanna) by Greek writer Emmanouil Roidis (1836-1904). It's written at the language of those times. Papissa means a woman Pope. Only now there are women in churches. Writer lived at Syros (Ermoupolis). There were many Catholics in that Greek island. This novel was not loved by church... And the writer was a blasphemy for the church exactly for this reason. The film's story is relative to this novel? John Briley knew Roidis' novel? IMDb's review don't say anything about this. If someone knows about it, please write... You can see about the novel and the writer in internet. There 're many relative sites. I 'm waiting for any answers about this. Thank you!


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