The Agony and The Ecstasy – Movie Review

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Scene from The Agony and The Ecstasy. Vision from the mountain top.


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A Film I purchased some time ago along with Moulin Rouge (about Toulouse-Lautrec) whilst also considering Rembrandt with Charles Laughton – a childhood favourite of mine.

This Michelangelo bio surpassed all my expectations viewed over a longish period in between phone calls, other work and meals during a day of diversity.

Charlton Heston exceeds himself as Michelangelo while Rex Harrison does an outstanding job as the Pope.

Some of the Sistine Chapel scenes are stunning and the drawings (sketches & paintings are sublime). What a remarkable film about a truly remarkable man captured in the fantastical spirit of Hollywood!

Check out the trailer below!

Favourite Quotes:

“You have the gift of life”

Pope: “When will it be ready?”
Michelangelo: “When it is finished!”

– Brian

Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) in the Sistine Chapel.