The Agony and the Ecstasy

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"From the age of magnificence comes a new magnificence in motion pictures."
  • Approved
  • 1965
  • 2 hr 18 min
  • 7.1  (7,947)

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 movie based on a book of the same name, which tells the story of legendary artist Michelangelo Buonarroti and his struggle to bring his artistic vision to life while carving his masterpiece, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Charlton Heston delivers a powerful performance as Michelangelo, a brilliant and enigmatic artist who is commissioned by Pope Julius II (played by Rex Harrison) to create a stunning masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For four long years, Michelangelo labors tirelessly, facing countless challenges along the way.

To begin with, Michelangelo is reluctant to take on the project, seeing himself as primarily a sculptor rather than a painter. However, the project's daunting size and scale eventually convince him to accept the challenge.

Michelangelo is also forced to contend with the power struggles and political intrigues of the Vatican, particularly with Julius II, who is volatile and quick-tempered, but also a shrewd and effective leader. The two men clash over everything from artistic direction to funding, and Michelangelo finds himself constantly battling to preserve his artistic vision against the pope's demands for faster progress.

Meanwhile, Michelangelo also struggles with physical and emotional exhaustion, as his work takes a heavy toll on his health and relationships. He becomes increasingly isolated, even from his devoted assistant, played by Diane Cilento.

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a truly gripping movie, with stunning visuals and a powerful central performance by Charlton Heston, who brings to life Michelangelo's passion and drive as well as his vulnerability and struggles.

The film offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process and the challenges faced by artists throughout history, as Michelangelo labors tirelessly to bring his masterpiece to life, overcoming countless obstacles along the way.

Overall, The Agony and the Ecstasy is a must-see for anyone who appreciates great art, great history, or great movies. It offers a fascinating and deeply moving portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time, and the struggles that he faced in bringing his vision to life.

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 18 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

The Agony and the Ecstasy
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    2 hr 18 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (7,947)