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.
Nominated for 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Cinematography, Color; Best Costume Design, Color; Best Sound; Best Music, Score - Substantially Original; Best Actor - Drama; Best Screenplay