Prelude to The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Something for the weekend.  As we approach a conclave and the choosing of a new pope I think a fitting musical interlude is the Prelude from the Agony and the Ecstacy (1965).  Charlton Heston is magnificent as Michelangelo, but Rex Harrison steals the movie as Pope Julius II.  Harrison plays the soldier Pope with a force and a wry sense of humor that dominates every scene in which he appears.  Julius is shown, with all his flaws, as a man completely dedicated to God and His Church.

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  1. The film version of The Agony and the Ecstasy falls so short in capturing the beauty and truth to be found in Irving Stone’s novel of the same name. I read the book first and was captivated. Then I watched the movie and found it to be such a disappointment.

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