Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison portray two of the Renaissance's most colourful figures in this historical drama based on Irving Stone's best-seller. When Pope Julius II (Harrison) commissions Michelangelo (Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the artist initially refuses. The project becomes a battle of wills fuelled by artistic and temperamental differences that form the core of this movie. The Agony and the Ecstasy is a rich dramatisation of the struggle behind one of the world's artistic masterpieces.
Introduction by Dr Peter Bokody, Lecturer in Art History, Plymouth University.Date: 17 October
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Ticket information: £6/£4.20. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPIA.
Dir: Carol Reed
Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews
Running time: 138 mins