Carol Reed – The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) pulls Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) from his life’s work making sculptures to instead throw a fresco up on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, a dreary building the Church can’t afford to tear down. Michelangelo hates painting and does everything he can to dodge the assignment, but stays on thanks to the counsel of the Contessina di Medici (Diane Cilento), a married woman who can’t understand why the artist prefers his work to her company. Michelangelo drags his feet while architect Donato Bramante (Harry Andrews) tries to have the commission shifted to his favorite, Raphael (Tomas Milian). When Michelangelo realizes his first pictures of saints is second-rate, he vandalizes his work and steals away to labor in a marble quarry while sorting things out. While a fugitive from the Pope’s wrath he finds the inspiration he’s looking for and comes back with an elaborate plan. But Pope Julius can spare little time to deal with a tempermental artist while fighting wars. Their arguments may become irrelevant anyway – the enemies of Rome may take the city and put an end to Michelangelo’s work before he finishes.
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