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.
Heresy ... or history ?
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While the story of Pope Joan is now widely considered to be fictitious, there is still a minority movement that believes that there actually was a female Pope. Certainly this film treats the legend as if it was fact. 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
Featured in A Quiet Revolution
Veni Creator Spiritus
Sung by The Sistine Chapel Choir
Under the Direction of Domenico Bartolucci See more