The Agony and The Ecstasy
(20th Century Fox, 1965)
Superb adaptation of Irving Stone's novel, pitting titanic performances of Charlton Heston's Michaelangelo Buanorroti against Rex Harrison's Pope Julius II, over the commission to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Beautifully and stunningly shot when Hollywood films still paid homage to religion rather than open contempt (Noah, I'm looking at you) and on the most recent versions of this work, including a pre-movie featurette on the actual miraculous work of art that is the centerpiece of the film, and an inspiration to millions for centuries since it was first created. Simply magnificent and inspiring throughout.