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Pope Julius is eager to leave behind works by which he will be remembered. To this end he cajoles Michelangelo into painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When not on the battlefield uniting Italy, the Pope nags Michelangelo to speed up his painful work on the frescoes. Written by
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Historical picture about two great figures Renaissance : Michael Angel and Julio II
The picture deals upon Michael Angel (Charlton Heston) who is working on the Carrara's marble creating sculptures and is ordered by Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) the painting the Sistina chapel (thus called but was made by Pope Sisto) . Meanwhile , they'll develop a relationship with other Renaissance's important person . The film is correctly based in historical deeds and famous personages , thus: Raphael( Tomas Milian) who appears painting the ¨Athenas's school¨, Bramante (Harry Andrews) author of the dome Vatican , Girlandaio and the Medicis Florencia's descendants (Diane Cilento and Adolfo Celi). Besides , the film paces itself the confrontation among the Julio II troops and the France and Germany army for the possession of the Pope's states . There are epic and impressive battles where the same Pope fights against enemies . The motion picture narrates specially the creation of the enormous paintings on the ceiling and the difficulties what Michael Angel is suffering to achieve the immortal legacy . The Pope Julio II also will assign him the realization of his tomb.
The feature obtained a limited success and had a moderated box-office , it is nowadays better valued . Acting by two principal actors is first-range , both of whom are magnificent . However , Rex Harrison did not get along with Charlton Heston at all during filming ; twelve years later, while filming ¨Crossed swords¨ , he avoided him completely . Leon Shamroy cinematography is rousing , the colorful paintings are glowing and glittering reflecting Bible's scenes . Alex North music is riveting (like ¨Spartacus¨ who he equally made). The sets are overwhelming and breathtaking , they were realized by John De Cuir as production designer . Carol Reed direction and production is excellent , he has got many experience with a long career and had directed other classics (The third man) . Rating: Very good, above average and well worth seeing.
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