Pope Joan

Pope Joan

Director: Michael Anderson, Herbert Wise

Cast: Liv Ullmann, Trevor Howard

     
 

Liv Ullman portrays a female pope -- based on a long-held rumor that the papacy was held by a woman between the reigns of Leo IV and Benedict III -- in this rambling saga directed by Michael Anderson. The British version of the film has been cut, not only removing twenty-one minutes of the film but also an entire contemporary framing story. In the full version, a… See more details below

Overview

Liv Ullman portrays a female pope -- based on a long-held rumor that the papacy was held by a woman between the reigns of Leo IV and Benedict III -- in this rambling saga directed by Michael Anderson. The British version of the film has been cut, not only removing twenty-one minutes of the film but also an entire contemporary framing story. In the full version, a modern-day woman evangelist, played by Ullman, who feels an affinity to the legendary Pope Joan, pays a visit to her psychiatrist (Keir Dullea). Searching through her past lives to see whether she is the reincarnation of Pope Joan, the film then flashbacks 1000 years to pick up Joan (Ullman in an earlier incarnation of her character) undergoing a succession of trials and tribulations. Joan then meets up with and becomes the mistress of Adrian (Maximilian Schell), a monk with an artistic bent. After the death of Charlemagne when roving bands of Saxons are raping women and ransacking the countryside, Joan flees the country by cutting her hair short and dressing like a man. Together Joan and Adrian escape to Greece. In Greece, Joan's street-corner preaching draws the attention of Pope Leo IV (Trevor Howard), who is impressed by her impassioned rendering of the Gospel. Still disguised as a man, Pope Leo, clueless as to her true sex, hires her as his secretary. From there, she rises up the ladder of the Roman Catholic Church, becoming a cardinal and then Pope Leo's successor. But then she becomes pregnant by a lover from her past (Franco Nero) and Joan must hide her delicate condition from the papal authorities and the rowdy masses.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
UPC:
0096009112295
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Echo Bridge
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered; Scene selections; Interactive menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liv Ullmann Joan
Trevor Howard Pope Leo
Lesley-Anne Down Cecilia
Franco Nero Louis
Olivia de Havilland Mother Superior
John Arineri Church Official
Neville Aurelius Duty Doctor
Lorain Bertorelli Nun
Ion Grafini Wounded Soldiers
Sheelah Wilcocks Sister Louise
Maximilian Schell Adrian
Richard Bebb Lord of Manor
Jack Byron Cardinal Jerome
George Innes 2nd Monk
Susan Macready Sister Nunciata
Sharon Winter Joan, as a child
Martin Benson Lothair
Keir Dullea Dr. Stevens
Robert Beatty Dr. Corwin
Jeremy Kemp Joan's Father
Natasa Nicolescu Joan's Mother
Peter Arne Richard
Patrick Magee Elder Monk
Nigel Havers Young Monk
Andre Morell Emperor Louis
Mary Healey Nun
Kurt Christian Prince Charles
Philip Ross Peasant In Hut
Duncan Lamont 1st Wounded Soldier
Manning Wilson Bishop
Katherine Schofield Alma
Carl Bernard Ancient Monk
John Shrapnel Father James
Richard Pearson Father Timothy
Derek Farr Cardinal Brisini
Neil Kennedy Louis' Emissary
Terence Hardiman Cardinal Anastasius
Margareta Pogonat Village Woman
Maurice Jarre Conductor
Sistine Chapel Choir Singer

Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
Herbert Wise Director
Peter Bolton Asst. Director
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
John Briley Producer,Screenwriter
Alvin Cooperman Executive Producer
Alfred Cox Editor
Judith DePaul Executive Producer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Herta Hareiter Art Director
Tony Imi Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Wilfred Josephs Score Composer
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
Bill Lenny Editor
Burt Nodella Producer
George Partleton Makeup
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Sistine Chapel Choir Songwriter
Brian Smedley-Aston Editor
David Tringham Asst. Director
Kurt Unger Producer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Jake Wright Asst. Director
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Legend [9:06]
2. New Religion [9:23]
3. Emperor's Feast [9:48]
4. Great Talents [11:32]
5. In Hiding [8:49]
6. Open Rebellion [8:37]
7. Among the People [4:56]
8. Vatican Meeting [8:56]
9. Equal With the Apostles [12:40]
10. Chosen By God [11:01]
11. Fateful Discovery [10:33]
12. Joan's End [6:08]

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