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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved  |   |  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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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Irving Stone, the author of the book which this movie was based on, lived in Rome for about four years, traveling throughout Italy doing research, including periods working in quarries, even apprenticing to a sculptor. See more »

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Giovanni de' Medici (Pope Leo X) is portrayed in this movie as an older man in this film, however he was only in his 30s when the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted and only 37 when elected Pope. See more »

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[repeated exchange]
Pope Julius II: When will you make an end?
Michelangelo: When I am finished!
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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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