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Agony And The Ecstasy

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
4.88 /10
Charlton Heston , Rex Harrison, Diana Cilento
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Directed by: Carol Reed
Written by: Philip Dunne from Irving Stone's novel

Released: 1965
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 140


Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) gets Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to paint the Sistine Chapel, and often wishes he hadn't.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Rubbish for the connoisseur: a handsome movie directed catatonically by Carol Reed. In an inspired piece of miscasting, Michelangelo (in real life, a homosexual dwarf) is played by that well known gay homunculus, Charlton Heston. As if to avenge himself upon the casting director, Heston overacts abominably. Rex Harrison enjoys himself as Pope Julius II, and gets the chance to deliver one of the immortal lines of world cinema: "You dare to dicker with your pontiff?"
“I played a scene with Rex in which we were talking together through a cathedral. ‘Have you noticed,’ said Rex, ‘ we’re being lit by only one spotlight?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘I have noticed.’ ‘Well, get out of it,’ he snarled.”
(Richard Pearson)

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