This is a BEAUTIFUL Hardcover Book measuring 8-1/2" x 12" from RANDOM HOUSE, featuring 56 pages.

It is a SYNOPSIS SCRIPT, in Book form with great cover that has slight wear. VERY Unique, printed in ITALY to promote the 1965 Epic Classic,

The Agony and the Ecstasy

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. 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.

Director: Carol Reed

Writers: Irving Stone (novel), Philip Dunne (screen story and screenplay)

Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento


Charlton Heston ... Michelangelo
Rex Harrison ... Pope Julius II
Diane Cilento ... Contessina de'Medici
Harry Andrews ... Bramante
Alberto Lupo ... Duke of Urbino
Adolfo Celi ... Giovanni de' Medici
Venantino Venantini ... Paris De Grassis
John Stacy ... Sangallo
Fausto Tozzi ... Foreman
Maxine Audley ... Woman
Tomas Milian ... Raphael

This book is in good ahpe for it's age, slight wear. A VERY NICE KEEPSAKE OVER 40 YEARS OLD!!!

MORE INFO ON CHARLTON HESTON; Renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston is one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years.

Heston was born John Charles Carter on October 4th 1924 in Evanston, Illinois, and made his feature filmas the lead character in a 16mm production of(1941), based on theplay. Shortly thereafter, he played 'Marc Antony' in(1950), however Heston firmly stamped himself as genuine leading man material with his performance as circus manager 'Brad Braden' in thespectacular(1952), also starringand. The now very popular actor remained perpetually busy during the 1950s, both on TV and on the silver screen with audience pleasing performances in the steamy thriller(1954), as a treasure hunter in(1954) and another barn storming performance foras "Moses" in the blockbuster(1956). Heston delivered further dynamic performances in the oily film noir thriller(1958), and then alongsidein the western(1958) before scoring the role for which he is arguably best known, that of the wronged Jewish prince who seeks his freedom and revenge in thedirected(1959). This mammoth Biblical epic running in excess of three and a half hours became the standard by which other large scale productions would be judged, and it's superb cast also includingas the villainous "Massala", English actoras the Roman officer "Quintus Arrius", and Australian actoras "Pontius Pilate", all contributed wonderful performances.

Never one to rest on his laurels, steely Heston remained the preferred choice of directors to lead the cast in major historical productions and during the 1960s he starred as Spanish legend "Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar" in(1961), as a US soldier battling hostile Chinese boxers during(1963), played the ill-fated "John the Baptist" in(1965), the masterful painter "Michelangelo" battling Pope Julius II in(1965), and an English general in(1966). In 1968, Heston filmed the unusual western(1968) about an aging and lonely cowboy befriending a lost woman and her son, which Heston has often referred to as his favorite piece of work on screen.

Interestingly, Heston was on the verge of acquiring an entirely new league of fans due to his appearance in four very topical science fiction films (all based on popular novels) painting bleak future's for mankind. In 1968, Heston starred as time traveling astronaut "George Taylor", in the terrific(1968) with it's now legendary conclusion as Heston realizes the true horror of his destination. He returned to reprise the role, albeit primarily as a cameo, alongside fellow astronautin the slightly inferior sequel(1970). Next up, Heston again found himself facing the apocalypse in(1971) as the survivor of a germ plague that has wiped out humanity leaving only bands of psychotic lunatics roaming the cities who seek to kill the uninfected Heston. And fourthly, taking its inspiration from thenovel "Make Room!, Make Room!", Heston starred alongside screen legendandin(1973). During the remainder of the 1970s, Heston appeared in two very popular "disaster movies" contributing lead roles in the far fetched(1974), plus in the star laden(1974), filmed in "Sensoround" (low bass speakers were installed in selected theaters to simulate the earthquake rumblings on screen to movie audiences). He played an evil Cardinal in the lively(1974), a mythical US naval officer in the recreation of(1976), also filmed in "Sensoround", an LA cop trying to stop a sniper in(1976) and another US naval officer in the submarine thriller(1978).

Heston appeared in numerous episodes of the high rating TV series(1981) and(1985), before moving onto a mixed bag of projects including TV adaptations of(1990) (TV) and(1988) (TV), hosting two episodes of the comedy show,(1975), starring as the "Good Actor" bringing love struckto tears in(1993), and as the eye patch wearing boss of intelligence agentin(1994).

He also narrated numerous TV specials and lent his vocal talents to the animated movie(1997), the family comedy(2001) and an animated version of(2003) (TV). Heston made an uncredited appearance in the inferior remake of(2001), and his last film appearance to date was in the Holocaust themed drama of(2003).

Heston has been married to Lydia Marie Clark Heston since March 1944, and they have two children. His highly entertaining autobiography was released in 1995, titled appropriately enough "Into The Arena". Although often criticized for his strong conservative beliefs and involvement with the NRA, Heston was a strong advocate for civil right many years before it became fashionable, and has been a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian, plus the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement. In 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and has not appeared in a film or TV production since 2003.

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