The Titan: Story of Michelangelo

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The Titan: Story of Michelangelo
Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
Richard Lyford
Curt Oertel
Produced by Ralph Alswang
Robert J. Flaherty
Robert Snyder
Written by Norman Borisoff
Narrated by Fredric March
Cinematography Harry Ringger
Edited by Richard Lyford
Distributed by Classic Pictures
Release date
  • 1950 (1950)
Running time
70 minutes
Country Germany
Language English

The Titan: Story of Michelangelo is a 1950 German documentary film about the painter and sculptor Michelangelo. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1][2] In 1952 it became the first feature-length documentary to be shown on network television.[3]

The film was a re-edited version of a German/Swiss film of 1938 originally titled Michelangelo: Life of a Titan, directed by Curt Oertel. The re-edited version put a new English narration by Fredric March and a musical score onto a shorter edit of the existing film. The new credits include Robert J. Flaherty, Oertel and Richard Lyford as Directors and Ralph Alswang, Flaherty and Robert Snyder as Producers. The film was edited by Richard Lyford.

The Academy Film Archive preserved The Titan in 2005.[4]



  1. ^ "The 23rd Academy Awards (1951) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley. "NY Times: The Titan: Story of Michelangelo". NY Times. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
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  4. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 

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