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.
I, a woman, will be Pope. I swear it !
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After a muted critical response, the film was severely re-edited. In its original incarnation, the film contained many flashbacks and flash-forwards, quite a progressive style for 1972. These were all removed to create a more linear story and the film was then released as "The Devil's Imposter". These changes were reinstated for a 2009 reissue. See more
In the version shown on BBC TV on 22nd October 2005, the 20th-century bookend scenes are cut, Keir Dullea
and Robert Beatty
do not appear, and the film ends abruptly with the crowd descending on Joan. See more
Version of Pope Joan
Tu es Petrus
Sung by The Sistine Chapel Choir
Under the Direction of Domenico Bartolucci See more