In the Agony and the Ecstasy we find one of the greatest of introductions in cinema productions, a tour of the past and the magnificent work of Michelangelo.
Notable Characters: Michelangelo and Pope Julius II
Film Director: Carol Reed
MPAA Rating: NR
Length: 138 Minutes
Starring: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi, Venantino Venantini, John Stacy, Fausto Tozzi, Maxine Audley, Tomas Milian
The narrator walks us from the time of his birth in 1475 to the time of his death in 1564, detailing the greatest of his achievements.
Starting with the Madonna of the stairs, which he finished when he was but 15 years of age. Simply amazing.
How can a director in a movie, or we in a few paragraphs, summarize this genius' life and talent?
So the decision was made to focus on the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican and on the kind of man that it took to paint it.
Carol Reed, working in perfect harmony with Charlton Heston created a masterpiece of their own.
A clear portrayal of a mind that's never at rest, but in beautiful and continuous search for perfect depictions of the human experience and our relationship with the Creator, a never-ending endeavor we call ART.
Scarcely, if at all, painting..
And yet, here's the story of the the greatest of frescoes, the masterpiece of a sculptor who did not want to paint..
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|Movie Quality and Overall movie experience:||
Even some movies of our day are unable to match the high quality of this film.
|Good or bad for kids:||
You will have to be creative in bringing these habits to a level where a child can comprehend and use.
|Plot & Setting:||
|Sexual Stuff and Nudity:||
Parental guidance is needed on a couple of scenes.
Couple of scenes with cannons and riffles, but nothing gruesome.
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|Modern Culture Influence:||
Everyone can learn from the life of Michelangelo.
|Vices, addictions, drugs, alcohol:||
If the wine is sour, throw it out!
Recommended for teens and up.
Will benefit to learn his habits from an early age.
|Message / Educational:||
Painting, carving, chipping away. If the mind can conceive it the man can achieve it, that is the fiber of the genius.
Love this movie and gladly recommend it.
This timeless classic is an inspiring story for all ages.
I planned a ceiling, he plans a miracle.