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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Holy long-lens! As period-epic as it gets? Todd-AO is a peculiar format. COPIOUS is the right word: the production design, the verbose script, the 70mm. Was that plate-reverb on a voice?! "Why do you always twist my words? It's just that art is not a matter of appropriate design. It's not mathematics or politics or even beauty. It's an idea." Clearly, the producers didn't believe in the words of their own script.