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130 Ratings

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Directed by Carol Reed
United States, 1965
Biography, Drama


Pope Julius is eager to leave behind works by which he will be remembered. To this end he cajoles Michelangelo into painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When not on the battlefield uniting Italy, the Pope nags Michelangelo to speed up his painful work on the frescoes.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1966 | 5 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Color

National Board of Review

1966 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

1966 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor - Drama

David di Donatello Awards

1966 | Winner: Best Foreign Production

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