#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Pope Julius II (Sir Rex Harrison) is eager to leave behind works by which he will be remembered. To this end he cajoles Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) into painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When not on the battlefield uniting Italy, the Pope nags Michelangelo to speed up his painful work on the frescoes.
Plot: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone’s novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo’s life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.
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Creating A Wonder
The Agony and the Ecstasy is the story of the creation of the Sistine Chapel Roof painting, the time and money it took while Pope Julius II was busy establishing his Papacy as a political force.
Back in those days the Pope was far more than the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He ruled a considerable piece of real estate in the center of the Italian peninsula that were called the Papal States. They varied in geographic size depending on how relatively strong the Pope or his enemies were at a given time. The Papal States were the last independent entity to join a united Italy in 1870.
The Borgias had been nibbling away at the Papal States for years and their triumph became complete when one of their’s became Pope Alexander VI in 1491. When Giuliano Della Rovere became Julius II in 1503 succeeding Alexander VI he had it in mind to reclaim the states from the Borgias and their backer the French monarchy. Those are the folks you see Rex Harrison fighting at the beginning of the film.
In fact Harrison’s identity as the warrior Pope is made clear right at the beginning of the film when after we see this figure on a white horse killing some foes in battle, he takes off his helmet and some attendees put his papal vestments right over his armor.
But Julius II wanted to be known as a patron of the arts as well as the warrior Pope. His uncle Pope Sixtus VI had built the Sistine Chapel which is today the personal chapel of the papal residence. According to Wikipedia its dimensions are exactly what the Bible lays down as the dimensions King Solomon built his temple. But who knows what Solomon had decorating his roof.
It’s a big bare spot and who to fill it with something good. Julius II decided on Michelangelo Buonarrati who’s got quite a resume of creativity to recommend him even though it’s mostly sculpture.
The film is the story of the creative differences between Michelangelo and Julius. Michelangelo is knowing he’s created something for the ages, but he won’t see the big picture of the here and now of Renaissance European politics which Julius II has to deal with.
Sir Carol Reed directed The Agony and the Ecstasy and does a marvelous job of creating the look and atmosphere of the Renaissance in Italy. Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison playing Michelangelo and the Pope give outstanding performances.
If the film has a weakness is that it really is a two man show with no other characters developed in any way. The rest of the mostly Italian cast just serve as a crowd.
If you’re either a patron of the arts or a Catholic who would like to know how the Sistine Chapel acquired its legendary roof than by all means see The Agony and the Ecstasy.
Historical picture about two greatest Renaissance figures : Michelangelo and Julius II
The picture deals with Michelangelo or Michael Angel (Charlton Heston) who is working on the Carrara’s marble creating sculptures and he is then ordered by Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) the painting of as called Sistine chapel (that’s why it was built by Pope Sisto) . Meanwhile , they’ll develop various relationships with other Renaissance’s important people . The film is correctly based on historical deeds and appearing famous roles , such as : Raphael (Tomas Milian) who shows up painting the ¨Athenas’ school¨, Bramante (Harry Andrews) builder of the Vatican dome that hold his name , Girlandaio , Florence Medicis’ descendants (Diane Cilento and Adolfo Celi) and duke of Urbin (Alberto Lupo). Besides , the film paces itself the confrontation between Julius II troops and the French/German army for the possession of the Pope’s states . There are epic and impressive battles where the Pope himself fights enemies . The motion picture describes specially the creation of the enormous paintings on the ceiling and the difficulties that Michael Angel is suffering to achieve the immortal legacy . The Pope Julio II will also assign him the realization of his tomb .
The feature movie obtained a limited success and had a moderated box-office ; however , being nowadays better valued than the past . First-range acting by the two main actors : Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison , both of whom are magnificent . However , Rex Harrison did not get along with Charlton Heston at all during shooting ; in fact , twelve years later, while filming as secondary actors ¨Crossed swords¨ (1997) directed by Richard Fleischer , Rex avoided him utterly . Leon Shamroy’s cinematography is rousing , the colorful paintings are glowing and brilliant ; spectacularly showing Bible’s scenes at the Sistine Chapel . Alex North musical score is riveting (like ¨Spartacus¨ who he equally composed) . The sets are overwhelming and breathtaking , they were stunningly designed by production designer John De Cuir . In addition , evocative as well as adequate costumes by Oscarized Vittorio Nino Novarese . Carol Reed production and direction were excellent , he’d got much experience through a long career and had directed other classic movies (The third man) . Rating: Very good , above average and well worth seeing.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Carol Reed
Writer Irving Stone, Philip Dunne
Actors Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 5 Oscars. 3 wins & 9 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints), Mono (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe (color by) (as De Luxe)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 65 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope, Todd-AO
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm