This article is taken from the new Figaro Hors-Série: “Michel-Ange le corps et cœur”, 164 pages, € 12.90, available and on the Figaro Store.
He goes alone, muttering under his shaggy beard, on the road that winds between the cypresses of a landscape more Tuscan than life. For a moment, it feels like a new movie about Poverello of Assisi, who also dragged his gaiters in this setting close to his native Umbria. And then we understand that it is in fact the tormented genius of the Renaissance who is the subject of the film by Andrei Konchalovsky, the author of The Madhouse (2002), Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, or, more recently, Postman’s sleepless nights (2014) and Paradise (2016), which earned him the Silver Lion for Best Director.
Shot in Italy, his Michelangelo (original title: Il peccato, “The sin”) unfolds the life of the artist since 1512, the year in which he finishes painting the vault of the Sistine ordered by Jules II, until 1520, when he harnesses himself to the tombs