The Agony And The Ecstasy


And the pomposity. Carol Reed's ill-received take on Irving Stone's bestseller is one of those religious epics that defined the mid-'60s. As such, it stars chesty Chuck Heston as tortured artist Michelangelo, tortured not least due to the Pope's (a blustery Rex Harrison) demands to know when he'll finish painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. You know the outcome, so the actorly pomp and widescreen splendour huff and wheeze to compensate for the low drama.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2005

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