The Agony and the Ecstasy
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The Agony and the Ecstasy
Adapted by Philip Dunne from the novel by Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstacy is the story of the 16th century war of wills between Renaissance artist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and "warrior pope" Julius II (Rex Harrison). Commissioned to paint a religious fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the independent-minded Michelangelo balks at the assignment. He is virtually strongarmed into accepting the job by Pope Julius, who wants to leave something for future generations to remember him by. Director Carol Reed deftly juggles screen time between the Pope's activities… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"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."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"As a chronicle of the artist Michelangelo, this is one of Carol Reed's most underwhelming films, though some of the production values are good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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