The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
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as Pope Julius II
as Contessina de' Medici
as Giovanni de Medici
as Duke of Urbino
as Paris De Grassis
Critic Reviews for The Agony and the Ecstasy
Required viewing for the fan of pious filmmaking or the cinematographer in film school. From a story and character perspective, it's sadly very forgettable.
For some viewers, the agony will be watching Charlton Heston (over)act, and the ecstasy Rex Harrison. But it IS refreshing for a period film to cover such new and (pun intended) artistic ground.
Audience Reviews for The Agony and the Ecstasy
The work of an artist who did not want to paint. Michelangelo is a renowned sculpture, perhaps the best the world has ever seen; however, when the Pope has finished the infamous Sistine Chapel, it isn't as gorgeous or inspirational as he hoped. He assigns Michelangelo to paint the ceiling. Michelangelo is reluctant and really wants no part of the project; but once he begins, he will stop at nothing to make his work a masterpiece. "Michelangelo burst from his heritage like an unexpected flame." Carol Reed, director of The Third Man, Oliver (1968), The Fallen Idol, The Public Eye, Trapeze, A Girl Must Live, Night Train to Munich, and Odd Man Out, delivers The Agony and the Ecstasy. The storyline for this picture is awesome and well portrayed. I loved the setting, dialogue, and acting. The cast includes Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, and Adolfo Celi. "You shouldn't mock the apostles." "I don't mock the apostles. They mock me." I came across this picture on Netflix and thought it looked interesting; that, and I adore the Roman/Greek history. This movie was outstanding and a fun look at the life and challenges of Michelangelo as he executed one of his greatest masterpieces, despite not being a painter. This is an absolute must see. "I planned a ceiling. He planned a miracle." Grade: A
The battle of wills between Pope Julius II and Michaelangelo that culminated in the painting of The Sistine Chapel. Worth a watch.
Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison portray two of the Renaissance's most colorful figures in this brilliant historical epic drama based on Irving Stone's best selling novel. When Pope Julius II(Harrison)commissions Michelangelo(Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,the artist initially refuses. Virtually forced to do the job by Julius,Michelangelo later destroys his own work of art and therefore flees Rome. Nominated for three Oscars including Best Supporting Actor(Harrison),Best Director(Carol Reed),and Best Cinematopgraphy and was named of the year's best films by the National Board of Review,"The Agony and the Ecstasy" is a fascinating dramatization behind one of the world's artistic masterpieces. Filmed on location in Italy and Spain and shot in brilliant Todd-AO and Color and directed by the great British director Carol Reed,Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison(in their first and only film together)give two of the screen's best performances.
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