The Agony and the Ecstasy

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

painter vatican pope based on novel or book artist biography epic michelangelo 16th century italian renaissance sistine chapel

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Release Date: September 16, 1965

Year    :   1965
Slogan    :   «From the age of magnificence comes a new magnificence in motion pictures.»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, International Classics, 20th Century Fox
Director    :   Carol Reed
Producers    :   Elmo Williams, Darryl F. Zanuck, Carol Reed
Writers    :   Philip Dunne, Philip Dunne, Irving Stone
RunTime    :   138 mins.
Budget    :   10000000
Revenue    :   4000000

During the Italian Renaissance, Pope Julius II contracts the influential artist Michelangelo to sculpt 40 statues for his tomb. When the pope changes his mind and asks the sculptor to paint a mural in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo doubts his painting skills and abandons the project. Divine inspiration returns Michelangelo to the mural, but his artistic vision clashes with the pope's demanding personality and threatens the success of the historic painting.

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