Pope Joan (1972 film)

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Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Kurt Unger
Daniel Unger (uncredited)
John Briley (associate producer)
Leonard C. Lane (executive producer)
Written by John Briley
Starring Liv Ullmann
Olivia de Havilland
Franco Nero
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Billy Williams
Edited by Bill Lenny
Release dates
16 August 1972 (U.S.A.)
Running time
132 minutes (original uncut version)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Pope Joan is a 1972 British, mediaeval costume drama film based on the story of Pope Joan.[1] Even though modern consensus generally disputes Pope Joan as legendary,[2] in this film she is treated as fact.

It was directed by Michael Anderson and has a cast which includes Liv Ullmann (in the lead role), Olivia de Havilland, Lesley-Anne Down, Franco Nero and Maximilian Schell. The soundtrack was composed by Maurice Jarre with additional choral music provided by The Sistine Chapel Choir, directed by Domenico Bartolucci.[3]

The film was released on DVD in 2003 on Region 1 format disc.[4] It was also re-titled in some areas as The Devil's Imposter, with much material cut. It has recently been re-edited with previously unreleased footage to make a whole new film called She… Who Would Be Pope.[5]

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