Agony and the Ecstasy

Directed By: Carol Reed Starring: Rex Harrison Charlton Heston

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The biographical story of michelangelo's troubles while painting the sistine chapel at the urging of pope julius II.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40701214
UPC 024543148333
UPC 14 00024543148333
Format DVD
Release Date 2/22/2005
Rating NR
Period Piece
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Adapted from Irving Stone's fanciful biography of Michelangelo and starring Charlton Heston as the artist, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY focuses on the five years that the artist spent creating the Sistine ceiling and his tumultuous relationship with Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison). The pope is a vain and ambitious sort who has commissioned the painting of the chapel with the intention of having his name preserved for posterity. To this end, he tries to bully and threaten the volatile painter, who is answerable only to his muse.
Plot Summary
Summary Much of what appeared in Irving Stone's biographical novel of the life of Michelangelo was of the author's invention, but few will dispute that the artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which is the subject of Carol Reed's film. Starring Charlton Heston as the irascible genius, it traces his life from the age of 13 to his death at 88 but deals mainly with the five years during which he painted the chapel. Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) has commissioned the work in the hope that it will serve as an immortal symbol of his enlightened papacy. Yet both his money and remaining years are finite, and his constant haranguing of the artist to finish his painstaking work is the source of an ongoing war of words between them. When not struggling with the pope, Michelangelo battles with his physical limitations and recalcitrant materials in the quest for perfection. The multifaceted Carol Reed (OLIVER!, THE THIRD MAN) has successfully taken on yet another genre in a film that also features superb art direction and costume design.
Carol Reed
Rex Harrison
Charlton Heston
Cast & Crew
Alex North - Musical Score
Carol Reed - Director
Charlton Heston - Actor
Diane Cilento - Actor
Irving Stone - Based on Novel By
Philip Dunne - Screenplay
Rex Harrison - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1965
Catalog ID 2224833
UPC 00024543148333
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Oscar (1966) Leon Shamroy, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color,Alex North, Nominee, Best Music, Score--Substantially Original,James Corcoran, Nominee, Best Sound,John DeCuir, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction,Vittorio Nino Novarese, Nominee, Best Costume Design
Golden Globe (1966) Rex Harrison, Nominee, Best Actor-Drama,Philip Dunne, Nominee, Best Screenplay
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Heston,Charlton
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Find-A-Video Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison provide worthy performances...

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