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Status: Released

Runtime: 138

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  • Inferno und Ekstase
Content Score: 100

6.4/10 (15 votes)


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.


From the age of magnificence comes a new magnificence in motion pictures.


Director: Carol Reed

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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
as Michelangelo

Rex Harrison

Rex Harrison
as Pope Julius II

Diane Cilento

Diane Cilento
as Contessina de'Medici

Harry Andrews

Harry Andrews
as Bramante

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A review by John Chard

When will you make an end?

When I am finished!

And so it be that that is the often repeated exchange between Rex Harrison's Pope Julius II & Charlton Heston's Michelangelo, and thus we have the basis for the film version of Irving Stone's novel The Agony & The Ectasy. This is a fictionalised account of how Michelango came to paint his masterpiece on the roof of the Sistine chapel, focusing solely on the two main characters of the piece, The Agony & The Ectasy is a character and dialogue driven piece of work.

I'm not here to give you a history lesson on the Renaisssance painters or the... read the rest.