The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Director: Carol Reed Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
UPC: 0024543148333
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 7,727

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Michelangelo
Rex Harrison Pope Julius II
Diane Cilento Contessina de' Medici
Harry Andrews Bramante
Alberto Lupo Duke of Urbino
Adolfo Celi Giovanni de Medici
Venantino Venantini Paris De Grassis
John Stacy Sangallo
Fausto Tozzi Foreman
Maxine Audley Woman
Tomas Milian Raphael
Alec McCowen Actor
Richard Pearson Cardinal

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director,Producer,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
John De Cuir Production Designer
Philip Dunne Original Story,Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Alex North Score Composer
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Born to Sculpt [:13]
2. Widely-Known Works [7:30]
3. Main Titles [:41]
4. A Great Victory [4:13]
5. Sleeping in Stone [2:42]
6. Papal Audience [4:25]
7. House of God [2:29]
8. The Sistine Chapel [3:13]
9. Indecision [4:10]
10. Work Begins [:13]
11. Sour Wine [1:09]
12. Papal Fury [3:07]
13. Hiding Out [2:50]
14. Inspiration [3:59]
15. Intermission/Entr'acte [3:08]
16. Planning a Miracle [1:56]
17. Work in Progress [3:27]
18. Loving the Impossible [:42]
19. Art Critique [3:47]
20. Fatigue [3:11]
21. Competition [:17]
22. When Will it End? [3:14]
23. Flaring Tempers [2:45]
24. Contriteness [4:32]
25. Raphael's Advice [:49]
26. The Agony and the Ecstasy [6:11]
27. Forgiveness [:24]
28. Proof of Faith [5:03]
29. Renewed Vigor [1:57]
30. The Glory of the Chapel [1:31]
31. Instruments of God [5:45]
32. End Titles/Exit Music [:27]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it lags once in a while, it is one of the greatest epics of all time. The clashes between Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison are incredibly entertaining and kept me rolling on the floor. Also a good movie for history buffs as there are a lot of references to the events of the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best artist movies I've seen! The expanse of the film is wonderful. The costumes, scenery, and the ceiling all show the care placed in the film. I show this to every art class that I have. Although probably not historically accurate - but what film really is - it still shows the clash of the Pope and the artist. Michelangelo is an artistic rebel that should be studied even more. My favorite scene is between him and the bishops on the point of nudity in the artwork. Classic!
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