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on 12 July 2017
The thing about great epics is that they have this unique unrepeatable quality that leaves one immediately aware of having just watched a classic; be it, the evident extra depths of thought put into the script, the casting and acting, the plot and pretty much every element combined to making something everlasting, exactly that. Almost undefinable. This epic is no different. It scores top marks on every level. Charlton Heston is excellent as Michelangelo - completely immersed in his art, and driven to the edges of exhaustion, he would let no man or thing get in the way of his work. Rex Harrison, as the Pope, a possibly unlikely casting, is very good, in his expressions and strength shown, when dealing with the tempestuous artist. The result, is a clash of two very different men, serving God with the individual skills with which they have been blessed, having to struggle ahead, forging a path together, in a subject that requires joint service on varying levels of participation. The war taking place outside the city, seems an appropriate backdrop, subtly reflecting the ensuing battle of wills, taking centre stage, between the 'Servant of the Servants of God' and the inspired hand of God - tasked with a little more than first imagined. Ironically, the one area that has been the cause of so many emotions running dramatically high, might end up being the only place of solace, where intellect and reflection, converge.
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on 30 March 2018
The critics were somewhat unkind to this film when it was first released in 1965. Critical opinions varied from "An absorbing epic drama..." to "About as exciting as watching paint dry..." to the best of all " When you sum up it up after almost two and a half hours, it all boils down to one man and his paint brush!". Harsh words perhaps, but speaking personally, I always found it a richly enjoyable movie experience. The contrasting styles of Heston and Harrison (along with their off screen animosity towards each other) enormously helped the drama and the conflict between two stubborn and unbending men, who both feel they have God on their side. Now that it has been released on Bu Ray, the stunning cinematography and the impeccable recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel can be seen to its full and impressive effect. What also greatly aids the film's impact, is having two of Hollywood's finest film composers working on the music soundtrack - Alex North & Jerry Goldsmith. While North provides the bulk of the moving musical backdrop, Goldsmith (uncredited) provides the sweeping music that accompanies the opening prologue. The only drawback from this Blu Ray release is the lack of any supplementals, but apart from that, it's gorgeous to look at and if in the right mood, gives any aspiring painter the inspiration to tackle an an overlooked ceiling!!
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on 31 July 2016
A FANTASTIC MOVIE, a well-written story by Irving STONE, more about character than plot,with its subtle analysis of art,creation and politics in the 16th century ( but nothing seems to have changed a lot ever since,at least in that department!), interior photography by the great Leon SHAMROY is a joy to watch, and so is the conflict between the pope and Michelangelo, both men being splendidly portrayed by two great actors and occasionaly hams of the time,and that's not implying any criticism, because HARRISON and HESTON are;...JUST GREAT !
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on 6 December 2015
This one is a classic, especially if you like Rex Harrisonand Charlton Heston. I would say, after having read a couple of biographies, that the story of Michaelangelo and the Pope's relationship is obviously not as factual as you might want. Adolfo Celi plays a Medici bishop, and if you are a Celi fan, you will definitely notice that he is dubbed! For it's time, a good film, and an entertaining evening.
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on 21 May 2017
An astonishing, amazing and moving film for art and history-lovers. Mr. Heston and Mr. Harrsion are just wonderful. This movie is full of meaningful messages. Settings are superb with bright and vivid colours. Just amazing. I highly recommend it for those who are not just after actions, but meanings.
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on 21 November 2015
What a useful tool this DVD is in solving the problems of my daily cycles of thoughts and emotions! Continually working with the balance between agony and ecstasy, I can tell myself encouragingly::"Just take it easy and flow like this movie, yes: you can!" Thank You!
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on 14 January 2017
Extremely well made movie, very well directed and the acting is superb. Blue ray transfer is very good for a movie this old.
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on 13 October 2016
I'm very happy with it because subtitles...
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on 27 December 2016
Worth watching the difference between simple Faith and Religion but both do the work of God
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on 17 December 2017
Good film
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