The Agony And The Ecstasy Essay

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The Agony and the Ecstasy starring Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison and Carol Reed is a realistic fiction based on the painting of the Sistine Chapel. In this movie Charlton Heston plays young Michelangelo who is being forced to paint a mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Pope Julius II, played by Rex Harrison. This movie is part documentary and part fiction. The characters were true to their form and the acting was superb. However the movie itself was not as captivating as I would have hoped. One interested in the history of the Sistine Chapel, or the life of Michelangelo should definitely watch this film.The movie truly begins during an invasion of the City of Rome. In the next scene Pope Julius the Second is seen taking off his armor to ride through Rome, for he has declared that day of his visit a religious holiday. However, one man was not following the Popes decision. Instead he, Michelangelo, chose to continue working on statues he was to finish for the church. Later on, Pope Julius confronts Michelangelo and assigns him the task of painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel where the Pope's tomb will be placed once he has died. Michelangelo tries to get out of it by claiming that he is not an artist but that he is a sculptor. Although, all attempts fail and Michelangelo is forced to paint a mural of what the Pope has assigned him. In the midst of his creation Michelangelo is involved in a love story with Lorenzo the Great's daughter, played by Carol Reed. Nothing more then friendship comes out of their relationship though. In the end Michelangelo rebels against the Pope and paints his own creation of what God has put in his heart on the ceiling. Fortunately for Pope Julius II, who is ill towards the end of the movie, he is able to live to see the completion of...

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