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The Agony and the Ecstasy

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 on this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone’s novel directed by Carol Reed. Whereas the novel covers Michelangelo’s life from delivery to loss of life, the movie focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and finally instructions) him to color the famed chapel.

Duration: 138 min

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IMDb: 7.2