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The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (1950)

The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time. It begins with his earliest artworks, and follows his life and career... See full summary »

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The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time. It begins with his earliest artworks, and follows his life and career as he achieves lasting fame. The documentary includes detailed looks at some of the artist's most renowned creations. Written by Snow Leopard

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Originally shot in 1939 by Swiss filmmaker Curt Oertel. In 1950 the film was re-edited and new footage shot by Robert J. Flaherty, See more »

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Interesting, Informative, & Detailed
9 May 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Interesting, informative, and filled with historical and visual detail, this documentary is a very good summary of the life, times, and art of Michelangelo. Quite a bit is packed into a little more than an hour, and yet the pace always gives you a chance to keep up and to absorb what you learn about each stage of his life. Fredric March's narration works quite well, holding your attention while always keeping the focus on the subject matter and not on the narrator.

It does a very good job of placing the great artist in the context of his era, using cultural and historical background to help you better understand both him and his work. There is a lot of detail shown from Michelangelo's various works, and it really impresses upon you his vast array of artistic accomplishments. Despite being filmed in black-and-white, the visuals are interesting and generally effective. Overall, it's nicely done and definitely worth watching if you're interested in the subject.


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