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The Agony and the Ecstasy (24-Sep-1965)

Director: Carol Reed

Writer: Philip Dunne

From novel: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Painting

The story of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel under commission of Pope Julius II, filmed as epic spectacle. Michelangelo considers himself a sculptor and does not want the work; he makes a false start and changes the subject matter from the 12 Apostles to the Old Testament. The act of painting wrecks him physically, and there is question as to whether he can finish before approaching Franco-German forces sack the city. Lavish production evoking a convincing atmosphere of Renaissance Italy. Received 5 Oscar nominations including Best Cinematography.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Harry Andrews
Actor
10-Nov-1911 6-Mar-1989 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Adolfo Celi
Actor
27-Jul-1922 19-Feb-1986 And Then There Were None
Diane Cilento
Actor
5-Oct-1933 6-Oct-2011 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Rex Harrison
Actor
5-Mar-1908 2-Jun-1990 My Fair Lady
Charlton Heston
Actor
4-Oct-1923 5-Apr-2008 The Ten Commandments
Tomas Milian
Actor
3-Mar-1932   The Big Gundown

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