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The Agony and the Ecstasy [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 7034247
  • Release Date: 02/22/2005
  • Rating: NR
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.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

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    • Closed Captioned

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Charlton Heston
      Charlton Heston - Michelangelo
    • Rex Harrison
      Rex Harrison - Pope Julius II
    • Diane Cilento
      Diane Cilento - Contessina de' Medici
    • Harry Andrews
      Harry Andrews - Bramante
    • Alberto Lupo
      Alberto Lupo - Duke of Urbino



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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice release

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      Eskie
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      This is a nice clean release of the 1965 film. It shows a somewhat fictional depiction of the relationship between Michelangelo and Pope Julius II during the commission of the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. The Prologue is a marvelous review of the famous works of this great artist. The soundtrack was rich, but not overwhelming. Worth a watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Classic

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      KRock
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      You can't beat this movie. It has it all... A great story, a great cast, great acting and it's even historically accurate. What a combo.. I rarely give out five stars to movies - a movie REALLY has to mean something. It has to move me, it has to hit and squeeze my heart for me to give it 5 stars. ----So watch it ASAP!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Great Ones

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      MovieKing
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      The story of Michelangelo is fabulously told with Heston and Harrison in the lead roles. Michelangelo wants to be a sculptor, but Pope Julius wants him to paint the chapel, thus the conflict and what an outcome, the Sistine Chapel is created while the Pope tries the save the Catholic church from extinction.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      skiplw23
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      My wife is an artist and this movie is art 101. She & I loved it. We both are bit over 50, and great fans if Charelton Heston. One of the all time GREATS. Remember it is dated. They do not have all the photo tricks they have these days. Raw, GOOD acting

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good interpretation

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      Graefsy23
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      I have seen this movie before in a social studies class about the painting of the Sistine Chapel and it gives me a good idea of what it was like. The acting is superb and Charleston Heston is great as Michaelangelo in the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie.

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      misterputt
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      I saw this movie in the theatre when came out. I bought it when made in VHS and this blu ray is much better to enjoy with sound and picture improved that I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as anybody else.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blueray only enhances an acclaimed performance

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      quickcook1
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      As this film was nominated for a bunch of awards, it can hardly be my place to review the show. I can say that the Blueray enhancement makes this film even better with more vivid color and clarity.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie

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      MikeRM275
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      This movie has always been a classic, have been waiting for it to come out on Blu-Ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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