Oscar Movies: Agony and the Ecstasy, The (1965)

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Fox (International Classics Production)

Oscar Nominations: 5

Cinematography (color): Leon Shamroy

Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): John DeCuir and Jack Martin Smith; Dario Simoni

Sound: James P. Corcoran

Costume Design (color): Vittorio Nino Novares

Original Score: Alex North

Based on Irvin Stone's novel, Carol Reed's flawed film depicts a conflict of wills between Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison, right after his Oscar win for “My Fair Lady”) and Michelangelo (a miscast Charles Heston) about the Sistine Chapel. Veering between the modern and the historical, the dialogue by Philip Dunne is anachronistic, though Leon Shamroy's color cinematography offers some rewards.