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    :   20th Century Fox, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, International Classics
Director    :   Carol Reed
Producers    :   
Writers    :   Philip Dunne
RunTime    :   138 mins.
Budget    :   10000000
Revenue    :   4000000

Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo's life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.

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