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Academy Award winning director Robert Snyder's MICHELANGELO: Self-Portrait" overflows with splendid color images of all of Michelangelo's major works. This is an "autobiography" drawn from Michelangelo's letters, diaries, poems, and testimony of his contemporary biographers, Condivi and Vasari. The film is poignantly higlighted with passages from Dante's "Devine Cpomedy," and the soaring music of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Vergine" of 1610. It is a dramatic, gripping story told in his own words.
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An awe-inspiring experience...(the film) like any great work of art, must be seen again and again. -- Joseph Campbell, Mythologist
Rapturous as it is stately. Snyder evokes the very spirit of the man. It is itself a work of art. -- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Robert Snyder has brought to life a heroic statue of Michelangelo himself. -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet
The Sistine Frecoes can be better seen here than the average person could ever see the original. -- Caroline Kennedy, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This serious and sensuous self-portrait of Michelangelo brings new life to the idea of masterpiece theater. -- Carey Rickey, The Philadelphia Enquirer
"It took a year of negotiations with the Vatican to obtain permission to film St. Peter's Pieta behind the bullet-proof partition. Since the Making of "THE TITAN: Story of Michelangelo(1951),there have been new discoveries now included in "MICHELANGELO: Self-Portrait," such as the wooden crucifix carved early in his career, the wall drawings in the Sotteraneo, and the late Pieta Rondanini. This had to be a totally new film with a fresh, modern point of view, and existential experience of the persona and process of the artist, in his own words and works."
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