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Agony and The Ecstasy, The (1965)

Notionally the biographical story of Michelangelo’s troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. But the historical inaccuracies in the movie are abundant . . .

There is no record of Michelangelo’s having been ministered to in times of illness by any contessinas, beautiful or otherwise, and most Renaissance historians agree that the real Michelangelo would have probably been more interested in a male nurse anyway.

Other fanciful or fraudulent moments in Agony include Michelangelo’s angry destruction of his first attempt at the chapel and his vision of what the true completion of his work should look like, which is glimpsed one morning in a gloriously arranged mural of cloud banks.

Michelangelo
Charlton Heston
Pope Julius II

Rex Harrison
Contessina de Medici

Diane Cilento
Bramante

Harry Andrews
Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino

Alberto Lupo
Cardinal Giovanni de Medici

Adolfo Celi
Paris De Grassis

Venantino Venantini

Director
Carol Reed