Pope Joan

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  • Action and adventure
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Based on a legend about a woman who became Pope in the 9th century in the guise of a man, and who was torn apart by an angry crowd when her deception was discovered, this was stripped here of the contemporary frame (shown in America) in which Joan reappears as a modern lass who believes herself to be the reincarnation of the 9th century Pope. What's left is a rough and often painfully clumsy costume epic with the usual love story underneath it all, and chauvinistic presumptions abounding. Against all odds, Ullmann gives a remarkable performance, and it could have been a gem of a subject had it been handled by a woman director.

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Anderson
Screenwriter: John Briley
Cast: Liv Ullmann
Olivia de Havilland
Lesley-Anne Down
Trevor Howard
Jeremy Kemp
Patrick Magee
Franco Nero
Maximilian Schell
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