SHE... WHO WOULD BE POPE

POPE JOAN

By Michael ANDERSON

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Drama - Completed 1972

A 9th Century preacher’s daughter disguises herself as monk in order to escape an invading hoard. She rises through the church to eventually be elected Pope; but her love for a man threatens to betray her.

    • Year of production
    • 1972
    • Genres
    • Drama, Epic, Historical
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 116 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael ANDERSON
    • Writer(s)
    • John BRILEY
    • Producer(s)
    • Kurt UNGER, Daniel UNGER
    • Synopsis
    • Originally released in 1972 as ‘Pope Joan;’ Michael Anderson’s lavish drama has been lovingly restored with 20 missing minutes and is now available for the first time in its intended form.
      Told through the eyes of a troubled 20th Century evangelist “She… who would be Pope’ follows the extraordinary exploits of a 9th century preacher’s daughter Joan (Liv Ullmann.) Born into political and violent times, Joan on her father’s death disguises herself as a friar, John. By a twist of fate John becomes a Cardinal in Rome and eventually Pope. But Joan’s deception proves hard to keep up and passion ultimately brings about her downfall.
      Directed by Oscar nominee Michael Anderson (The Dam Busters, Around the world in 80 days, Logan’s Run); written by Oscar winner John Briley (Ghandi, Cry Freedom); the film highlights wonderful performances from a powerful star-studded cast including Oscar winners and nominees: Liv Ullmann, Maximillian Schell, Trevor Howard, Franco Nero, and Olivia de Havilland, and features Jeremy Kemp, Patrick Magee, and Keir Dullea with early performances from Lesley-Anne Down and Nigel Havers.
      Filmed on a lavish scale photographed by Oscar winner Billy Williams (The Wind and the Lion, On Golden Pond, Ghandi) and designed by Oscar nominee Elliott Scott (Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit) the film ‘s scope is complemented by a stirring score composed by triple Oscar winner Maurice Jarre.
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