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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 7 October 1965 (USA)
The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Rex Harrison did not get along with Charlton Heston at all during filming, though not necessarily a bad thing for two actors playing antagonists. Twelve years later, while filming Crossed Swords (1977), he avoided Heston completely. See more »

Goofs

As shown in the movie Michelangelo created a flat wooden platform on brackets built out from holes in the wall, high up near the top of the windows. But contrary to the depicted on the film, he did not lie on this scaffolding while he painted, but painted from a standing position. See more »

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Pope Julius II: What do you think we should do here? Bramante wants to pull it down. He likes pulling things down! No, I want to do something less destructive.
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One of Hestons best.
19 October 2002 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

When will it be ready? When its done! This is a great portrayal of Michal Angelo. Heston's high water mark, and this is hard to out do. Even with the films age it does not look dated. Much better than other movies form this time period. This is a movie with a message. Rent it or even buy it. 8/10


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