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The Agony And The Ecstasy 1965

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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 on the battlefield and Michelangelo's slow, arduous completion of his monumental task. The film also gingerly approaches the subject of Michelangelo's sexual orientation vis-a-vis his relationship with the Contessina de Medici (Diane Cilento). Too long and limited in subject matter to score at the box office, The Agony and the Ecstacy holds up pretty well when seen today, especially when viewed in a wide-screen print.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Rex Harrison, John Stacy
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  • Feature universal
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Rex Harrison, John Stacy, Charlton Heston, Harry Andrews, Adolfo Celi, Alberto Lupo, Venantino Venantini, Fausto Tozzi, Tomas Milian, Maxine Audley, Diane Cilento
Director Carol Reed
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 March 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, French
Subtitles Italian, Portuguese, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Rex Harrison, John Stacy, Charlton Heston, Harry Andrews, Adolfo Celi, Alberto Lupo, Venantino Venantini, Fausto Tozzi, Tomas Milian, Maxine Audley, Diane Cilento
Director Carol Reed
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 30 May 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, Italian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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