THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY DVD
Starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison
Color / Not Rated
Running time: 138 minutes
Subtitle options: English and Spanish In this classic Catholic movie you'll learn the story of how Pope Julius II compels Michealangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, culminating in a battle of wills over one of the world's most artistic masterpieces. Add to the cart or wish list above. In 1508, Pope Julius II, (Rex Harrison) whose army is in constant warfare with neighboring states, has commissioned Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to create 40 statues for his tomb which is to be located in the new St. Peter's basilica. The Pope later asks Michelangelo to halt work on the tomb and decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but the artist argues that he is not a painter. Nevertheless, he begins at the Pope's insistence, but, discouraged by the mediocrity of his drawings, he destroys them and runs away to the marble quarries in the mountains. While there, he sees visions from Genesis and decides to use them for the theme of the ceiling paintings. He returns to Rome and begs the angered Pope to allow him to continue his work. Against many obstacles, including an accidental fall and temporary blindness from the dripping paint, progress continues slowly with constant encouragement from Julius.