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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

 -  Drama | History  -  7 October 1965 (USA)
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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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A raging era of titans, popes and princes... of conspiracy and conflict... of turmoil and transgressions... of a man among men... of magnificence! See more »

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Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy  »

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Writer Irving Stone was able to gain access to some of Michelangelo's letters, which he had translated from Italian, and then had them published in 1962 as "I, Michelangelo, Sculptor". See more »

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During most of his reign, HH Julius II wore a beard; however, apparently because of Harrison's preference, the Pope is clean shaven through the entire movie. See more »

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Raphael: For what is an artist in this world but a servant, a lackey for the rich and powerful? Before we even begin to work, to feed this craving of ours, we must find a patron, a rich man of affairs, or a merchant, or a prince or... a Pope. We must bow, fawn, kiss hands to be able to do the things we must do or die.
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Raphael: We are harlots always peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty.
Michelangelo: If it comes to that, I won't be an artist.
Raphael: [scoffs] You'll always be an artist. You have no choice.
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Extraordinary performances duel between two great actors.
7 August 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Italian Renaissance, early sixteenth century (Cinquecento). When Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) instructs Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the artist rejects the job. The Pope obliged to accept it, but Michelangelo destroys his work and flees Rome. When he finally resumed the project, it becomes a battle of wills railways, enlarged by constant artistic and temperamental differences. It is a historical drama based on a bestseller by Irving Stone.

The wonderful work of the dome of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, seen through a short period of the life of the teacher Miguel Angel .. A great script, perhaps to be a little to match the theme of the film, the relationship between man and religion, immense love for art and the struggle for power and that will transcend the human.

This was one of the last major confrontations film of all time: Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. (Michelangelo and Julius II) locked in a struggle for blackmail purposes, extortionists, and almost amoral. Between Pope and warrior arbitrary and brazen genius and heartbreaking, this drama occurs artistic height, since the battle between drags us, nothing more, nothing less!, That so cool giant of the Sistine Chapel. Historical facts are parallel, the conception of the greatest work of art mural of history, and lost causes of a Pope who crowned his reign by fratricidal wars and some other slaughter. But Heston is the dream Michelangelo. And Harrison plays the most subtle and memorable of the Popes of that Roman curia, somewhere between the luxury of the Medici and the Renaissance genius. Carol Reed follows step by step each move of the two giants. The experience of the Sistine is brutal. It seems a reckoning with the history of art. But it exudes beauty from every pore.

This movie has two great performances by Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison in that bond between them by raising a wonderful work for posterity. The excellent soundtrack by Alex North and Carol Reed's superb work handling make this film also an opportunity to enjoy the art and sentiment approach in many of the scenes from the movie.


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