The Agony and the Ecstasy Overview:

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) was a Biographical - Historical Film directed by Carol Reed and produced by Carol Reed.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith; Set Decoration: Dario SimoniNominated
Best CinematographyLeon ShamroyNominated
Best Costume DesignVittorio Nino NovareseNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlex NorthNominated

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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

By Beatrice on Sep 25, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Agony and the Ecstasy Directed by Carol Reed Written by Philip Dunne based on the novel by Irving Stone 1965/USA/Italy Twentieth Century Fox/International Classics/Dino de Laurentis Cinematografica/Cinecitta First viewing/Netflix rental Looks like Carol Reed lost his vision when he started filmi... Read full article

Now on Netflix: The Agony and The Ecstasy

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 2, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

The Michelangelo biopic The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison is now streaming on Netflix Instant. Director: Carol Reed. Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison and Diane Cilento. Running time: 138 minutes. Plot: Frustrated sculptor Michelangelo (Heston... Read full article

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Pope Julius II: You dare to dicker with your pontiff?

Raphael: For what is an artist in this world but a servant, a lackey for the rich and powerful? Before we even begin to work, to feed this craving of ours, we must find a patron, a rich man of affairs, or a merchant, or a prince or... a Pope. We must bow, fawn, kiss hands to be able to do the things we must do or die.
Raphael: We are harlots always peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty.
Michelangelo: If it comes to that, I won't be an artist.
Raphael: [scoffs] You'll always be an artist. You have no choice.

Pope Julius II: What do you think we should do here? Bramante wants to pull it down. He likes pulling things down! No, I want to do something less destructive.

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Rex Harrison did not get along with Charlton Heston at all during filming. Twelve years later, while filming Crossed Swords, he avoided him completely.
Laurence Olivier was the first choice for Pope Julius but was unavailable.
Average Shot Length = ~7.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds.
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