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|The Agony and the Ecstasy (DVD, 2005, Bilingual)Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison|
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Charlton Heston plays one of the world's most famous gay artists of the Renaissance, Michelangelo (1475-1564). That casting of a modern day gay basher into a gay artist and sculpture in and of itself is ironic and amusing, especially since this is supposed to be a Catholic focused film!
Irving Stone composed the pseudo-biography of Michelangelo's entire life (of course, leaving out the gay history involved) with the film focusing instead upon Michelangelo's famous 5 years of painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling and nearly going blind for doing upside down painting on a scaffolding; the toxic ceiling and paint stuff falling in his eyes. Scenes that are world renowned like that of Adam and God nearly touching fingers is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling creation and timeless religious interpretive art.
Pope Julius II is played by none other than Rex Harrison. He is an impatient pope who begs to know of Michelangelo, "when will you make a finish?," repeatedly throughout the show. The aging pope doesn't want to die before the Chapel ceiling is done and credited to him! The tension between the two men is played with artful finesse by both marvelous actors in their prime.
Of course, Pope Julius II has commissioned Michelangelo to do the Sistine Chapel ceiling in order to make a long lasting name for himself, quite self-centeredly. Michelangelo is a genuine artist who is being mused by spirituality. This fact is also quite amusing: a pope being self-centered, and an artist being spiritually-centered. That back-fired, as history has shown, since Michelangelo made his own name doing the Sistine masterpiece, which is still visited today by the many as one of the most historical religious relics. The hidden gay history is lost as it was left entirely out of the film.
When you know Michelangelo's true life history, Heston breaks all gay stereotypes while Pope Julius II (Harrison) tends to play them out in queerly queenly fashion! That underlying subtopic is rather amusing to consider while viewing the old film, turned now into DVD format.
This movie isn't exactly family oriented but is a very good dramatic adult movie. It features a great plot and makes anyone stay silent watching. It really takes a good look at the life of the two main characters and I felt that the parts were acted rather well. I'm sure that if you like dramatic love-type films you'll love this one. Rent it first or take a chance and buy it. That's what I did.
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I remember seeing this movie years ago and have been wanting to see it again. It is the story of Micheangelo and what he went through while painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It also shows the politics of the Roman Catholic church and the obsessions of the Pope. It is a remarkable story about an amazing man. Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison do fantastic work and the cinematography is equal to that of other movies of that time, like 'The Robe', and 'Sparticus' I am glad I bought it and recommend it to anyone who likes historical dramas.
Very good movie although a bit old. I just finished reading the book and this movie only covers 4 years of Michaelanglo's life while painting the Sistine Chapel, which given that the book is 752 pages makes sense. I am glad that I purchased it and will pass it along to other friends in my book club.
This is an inspirational movie. I want to paint again and this movie will show me the way. I'm an artist who always seek for inspiration. Some of the inspiration goes away not this one. Even in my dreams Michealangelos story is always there.