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  The Agony and the Ecstasy, (1965)
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Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) gets Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to paint the Sistine Chapel, and often wishes he hadn't.

All agony, no ecstasy.
(Judith Crist)
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?"
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)

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