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|
Olivia de Havilland
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Edited by||Bill Lenny|
|16 August 1972 (U.S.A.)|
|132 minutes (original uncut version)|
Pope Joan is a 1972 British, mediaeval costume drama film based on the story of Pope Joan. Even though modern consensus generally disputes Pope Joan as legendary, 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.
The film was released on DVD in 2003 on Region 1 format disc. It was also re-titled in some areas as The Devil's Imposter, with much material cut.
The version of the film released in 1972 differed significantly from the version that had originally been filmed. Anderson's original was made with flashbacks and flash-forward sequences about a modern-day evangelical preacher who believes her life parallels that of Pope Joan. In this version psychiatrists try to send her back through her past lives to establish if she is the reincarnation of Pope Joan. However, the distributor decided to have all of the contemporary sequences removed and released the film as a straightforward historical drama. In 2009 the film was re-edited and the previously unreleased footage was re-inserted. It was re-released under the title She… Who Would Be Pope.
- Liv Ullmann as Pope Joan
- Olivia de Havilland as Mother Superior
- Lesley-Anne Down as Cecilia
- Trevor Howard as Pope Leo
- Jeremy Kemp as Joan's Father
- Patrick Magee as Elder monk
- Franco Nero as Louis
- Maximilian Schell as Brother Adrian
- Martin Benson as Lothair
- Terrence Hardiman as Cardinal Anastasius
- André Morell as Emperor Louis
- Derek Farr as Count Brisini
- Richard Pearson as Father Timothy
- Margareta Pogonat as village woman
- Richard Bebb as Lord of Manor
- John Shrapnel as Father James
- Natasa Nicolescu as Joan's Mother
- Sharon Winter as young Joan
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