Cinema: Papal Bull

POPE JOAN

Directed by MICHAEL ANDERSON

Screenplay by JOHN BRILEY

In its unstinting quest for novelty, Hollywood has really come up with something new this time: a Pope who gives birth.

It must be added that this Pope is really a nun called Joan. The time is the Middle Ages. The Saxons, as is their wont, have been sacking the countryside, raping and pillaging and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Under such circumstances, it is hardly safe for a young nun to travel openly. When Joan (Liv Ullmann) must flee her nunnery, loyal Father Adrian (Maximilian Schell) chops her long honey-colored hair into...

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