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Pope Joan (La Pontifice) [Ntsc/region 1 & 4 Dvd. Import-Latin America]

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EN 814 D.C. JOHANNA DECIDE UNIRSE AL MONASTERIO DE LOS BENEDICTOS DISFRAZADA DE HOMBRE, LLAMÁNDOSE A SI MISMA HERMANO JOHANNES Y AHÍ VIVE COMO UN EXITOSO Y RESPETADO DOCTOR. CUANDO SU VERDADERA IDENTIDAD CORRE EL RIESGO DE SER REVELADA, ELLA HUYE HACIA ROMA, DONDE CONTINUA ASCENDIENDO EN LA JERARQUÍA DE LA IGLESIA. CUANDO EL PAPA SERGIO MUERE, JOHANNA ES NOMBRADA COMO SU SUCESOR. SU EXISTENCIA FUE UN SECRETO Y SU NOMBRE FUE REMOVIDO DE LOS LIBROS DE HISTORIA. LA VIDA DE JOHANNA QUIEN DIRIGIÓ A LA IGLESIA CATÓLICA COMO EL PAPA JOHANNES ANGLICUS EN EL SIGLO XIX SE CONVIRTIÓ EN LEYENDA.

Product Details

  • Actors: Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham, John Goodman
  • Directors: Sönke Wortmann
  • Format: NTSC, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L690XW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on May 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Joan is a young girl in a small border village with ambitions of her own. She is eager to read and learn which comes into conflict with her incredibly sexist father who is the priest of the village. To ruin the ending, she becomes pope. Big shock. There really isn't much more I can say about the plot since it is more about the journey than the destination. To detail every even would ruin the film. Basically though she goes from monastery to monastery until she ends up as pope.

The amazing thing about this film is that it's set in the Carolingian Empire. As far as I'm aware this era has never been filmed before. Occasionally there will be Viking movies but they always seem to raid England or Scandinavia, never France. The costumes and sets are stunning. Visually this film is a work of art. The costumes are detailed and sufficiently dirty to feel lived in and kind of like Jean-Jaques Annaud's The Name of the Rose the director seems to have chosen especially weird and ugly looking people for the background players. Given the small gene pool of villages certain extreme features must have been even more common amongst the poor than the nobility. The hairstyles and dress don't help make them more attractive, especially with the ugly and realistic tonsures the priests have. Only minor thing is that Lothar has a goatee when he should have had a big mustache like all the Carolingians. In fact, I never see mustaches in films except westerns. I wonder why that is? The Dark Age country buildings are dark and cramped but the Rome sets are grand and impressive. There is a great deal of dirt on display and the prosthetics and makeup are believable.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel on December 20, 2011
Format: DVD
AMAZON CUSTOMERS: Since I have been asked repeatedly by fellows here on Amazon, and I happen to know from the sellers of this edition - this DVD is in Spanish with English subtitles only. It is, I believe, a Mexican market release, but will play in NTSC Region 1 since it is designed that way. Well, from their lips to God's ears, because I'm not risking it even though Spanish is my native language! This was filmed in English and even though it has terrible dubbing ("looping") probably because it was intended for multiple language releases, I want it IN ENGLISH!! And it isn't available that way!

POPE JOAN (dir. Sönke Wortmann, 2009, in English) just aired on a channel called REELZ. My wife said we had to see it, since she's a big fan of the original novel Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Wollfolk Cross, on which this film is based. I was most anxious to see it. It was deeply rewarding for us both. The closest thing to it is the compelling Agora. This film is nothing like any silly Joan of Arc story, so don't believe anyone who says it is.

Do not confuse this with 2003's Pope Joan. In fact I see this film is all over the place and not really released in America properly. While I am reviewing the Latin American release (the only NTSC Region 1 release) I see the PAL version here: Pope Joan (2009) [Region 2],
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on May 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Joan is a young girl in a small border village with ambitions of her own. She is eager to read and learn which comes into conflict with her incredibly sexist father who is the priest of the village. To ruin the ending, she becomes pope. Big shock. There really isn't much more I can say about the plot since it is more about the journey than the destination. To detail every even would ruin the film. Basically though she goes from monastery to monastery until she ends up as pope.

The amazing thing about this film is that it's set in the Carolingian Empire. As far as I'm aware this era has never been filmed before. Occasionally there will be Viking movies but they always seem to raid England or Scandinavia, never France. The costumes and sets are stunning. Visually this film is a work of art. The costumes are detailed and sufficiently dirty to feel lived in and kind of like Jean-Jaques Annaud's The Name of the Rose the director seems to have chosen especially weird and ugly looking people for the background players. Given the small gene pool of villages certain extreme features must have been even more common amongst the poor than the nobility. The hairstyles and dress don't help make them more attractive, especially with the ugly and realistic tonsures the priests have. Only minor thing is that Lothar has a goatee when he should have had a big mustache like all the Carolingians. In fact, I never see mustaches in films except westerns. I wonder why that is? The Dark Age country buildings are dark and cramped but the Rome sets are grand and impressive. There is a great deal of dirt on display and the prosthetics and makeup are believable.
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