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  (in credits order)

Fredric March ... Himself / Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty 
Richard Lyford 
Curt Oertel (original 1939 footage)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norman Borisoff 

Produced by
Ralph Alswang .... producer
Robert J. Flaherty .... producer
Robert Snyder .... producer
Original Music by
Alois Melichar 
Cinematography by
Curt Oertel (original 1939 footage)
Harry Ringger 
Film Editing by
Richard Lyford 
Music Department
Alois Melichar .... musical director
Other crew
Michael Sonnabend .... art interpreter

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Also Known As:
"The Titan" - USA (short title)
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USA:70 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, Informative, & Detailed, 9 May 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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