Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Greatest Urban Legend

A critique of the Liv Ullman film Pope Joan.
With this coming out in the 1970s and all, I'm sure Joan was intended to be a feminist icon. But the ideology of that age couldn't celebrate women without putting down men . . . and there was a point when I wondered whether the movie's theme is that men are responsible for all the problems in the world the Catholic Church every woman's life.


Enbrethiliel said...


Thank you very much for the link, Elena!

I was just pondering how ironic it is that a satire originally meant to criticise a Pope for being effeminate or weak has found new life as "evidence" that women can do anything men can do, including become Supreme Pontiff. Talk about missing the boat!

elena maria vidal said...

Exactly! It was a misogynist satire meant to mock lax pontiffs. It was not meant to praise women at all.