Viewing Questions Wathch the film The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) (dir. Carol Reed)
Wathch the film The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) (dir. Carol Reed)
Finish the following questions
1. The “Prologue”: Although the opening 12-13 minutes of the film appear to simply give a biographical account of Michelangelo’s life and a kind of inventory of his work, please consider why this feature film bio-pic opens with a kind of documentary-type introduction to the man – and to his (sculptural) work. Who is the target audience of this opening sequence? Is there any kind of rivalry or tension between the story of Michelangelo the man and Michelangelo the artist mapped out here, and how does the opening sequence either anticipate or differ from the shape of the rest of the film in this respect? How does the film art / the film as art compete with the ‘real’ art that is showcased in the “Prologue”? How does Michelangelo’s art in the film (the Sistine Chapel frescoes) compare to Michelangelo’s art as it appears in the “Prologue”?