Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1961

This fine biopic drama is about the stormy relationship of Michelangelo and his patron, Pope Julius II. It focuses on the four year period when he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the wars which constitute the background. The sparkling dialog as well as Rex Harrison's effortless portrayal of a warlike pope hold ones interest over the two and half hours of running time.

2 comments:

kaist455 said...

I think it is a bit overlong, but it is enjoyable on the whole thank to its top-notch production quality. I especially liked Alex North's magnificent score and Rex Harrison's entertaining performance.

The prologue music was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who was recommended by Alex North.

S. M. Rana said...

No doubt long by today's yardstick, but enjoyable and entertaining as you say.......Rex Harrison is a fine actor in traditional mold.....