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The Agony and the Ecstasy.

The Agony and the Ecstasy (20th Century Fox, 1965). Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) has no self-doubts and few qualms about getting what he wants in Irving Stone's tale of Michelangelo's labors for the Vatican.

The high Renaissance warrior pope forces the sculptor of David and the Pieta to plaster his private chapel with the world's most beautiful frescoes, threatening to crush Michelangelo (Charlton Heston like quarry dust if he dares to refuse his command. And while Michelangelo decorates the Sistine chapel with beatific visions of the reign of God, the pope and his armies lay bloody waste to any who would oppose the ruler of the papal states.

Not the sort of pope St. Francis would envy. ***
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Title Annotation:the story of Pope Julius II; movie
Author:McCormick, Patrick
Publication:U.S. Catholic
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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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