The Agony and the Ecstasy Movie Review 1965

Information and Film Reviews for The Agony and the Ecstasy the Movie

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Big-budget (for 1965 anyway at $12 million) adaptation of the Irving Stone book recounts the conflict between Michelangelo and Pope Julius II after His Holiness directs the artist to paint the Sistine Chapel. Follow the tortured artist through his unpredictable creative process and the hours (it seems literal due to movie length) of painting flat on his back. Heston exudes quiet strength in his sincere interpretation of the genius artist, while Harrison has a fling as the Pope. Slow script is not up to the generally good performances. Disappointing at the boxoffice, but worth a look on the small screen for the sets alone.


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Available on VHS
Running time 136 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Art & Artists, Nuns & Priests, Religious Epics, Sculptors, Historical Romance
Philip Dunne
Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews, Diane Cilento, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi
Leon Shamroy
Carol Reed
Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North
20th Century-Fox


Natl. Bd. of Review 1965: Support. Actor (Andrews).

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