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Cleopatra tries to increase her power with help from the Roman Empire. Both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony fall for her. After Caesar's death Cleopatra seduces Mark Antony, but the couple soon face certain doom.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., [2006]
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD CLE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 248 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 08, 2019

*Note* - When actress, Elizabeth Taylor (who played this film's title character) viewed the completed "Cleopatra" film before it was released into theaters back in 1963, she was quoted as saying - "I found it vulgar!"

"Cleopatra" (a 4-hour soap opera set in the year 48 BC) is the most expensive film ever made.

During its production the infighting and backstabbing that took place behind the scenes is probably a lot more interesting than the actual film, itself.

Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes during the course of Cleopatra's story. And (through some very crafty legal wrangling) her ultimate take for her involvement in this disastrous picture was a whopping $7 million.

Feb 02, 2018

All fancy things in a film making are here.

Mar 16, 2017

I saw this movie when I was eleven years old at the Capri ( to become the Lyric) Theater and, being a young impressionable Catholic boy, I was convinced I was going to Hell after the first glimpse of Elizabeth "in the nude". Otherwise, I was impressed with it's visual scope and the peculiar voice and presence of Rex Harrison: the first time I'd known of his existence. Later years the film's reputation is a waste of time. It isn't. It's a valiant attempt to humanize these powerful people for 20th century folk. And after reading "Furious Love", an extensive biography of Burton and Taylor up to his death, the scenes with him and her take on a palpable agony of futility. They seem to know (Both Burton/Antony and Elizabeth/Cleo) that their endeavors are doomed. But, they press on. I got a little misty, and when I watched the Blu-ray wept openly, at the very last scene, ("Was this well done by your lady?!") kinda saying good-bye to Elizabeth and an age when "real time" was the only way to capture an age that for Americans is less than a memory much less a object of curiosity.
Also, deMille's effort gives the impression it all takes place in a matter of weeks. Roman's learning of the great Queen, Caesar's dalliance, and Antony's up to bat in less than an hour. Colbert is great but all else is phoned in.... 'cept for the Nile cruise and the "Barge".

Jan 13, 2017

I am watching the 1934 production of Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert in the title role. I've struggled to sit through the 1963 production of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton but never lasted all the way: 248 minutes of pomp and nothing else. If it weren't for the sexual escapades of Taylor and Burton no one would have cared for 4 hours of drag-on showiness. The 1934 production of Cleopatra starring Claudet Colbert was just 100 minutes long and was erotic than Taylor could ever dream of creating. If you haven't seen the Cecil B. DeMille's production then you are in for a treat. DeMille was the king of the epics.

Sep 17, 2016

When it opened, and even today, Cleopatra is reviewed on the basis of its bloated production and self-indulgent stars, and not the film itself. But really, it's not too bad. There's a ghost of a good script in there, somewhere, and considering the many starts and stops the film had on the way to its premiere, a coherent story and decent direction. You're out of luck if you're looking for great historical accuracy, but unlike many modern productions, it captures the splendour of the time and place.

Sep 16, 2016

Why people call this a "classic" escapes me.

I could not watch more than 30 minutes of the feature.

The stupid accents, the bad acting, Cleopatra wearing high heels... the historical inaccuracies were too many to withstand.

Jul 29, 2016

Cleopatra is clearly something of a white elephant where the behind-the-scenes stuff is far more interesting than the movie itself.

Filming for Cleopatra began in early 1960, but due to repeated set-backs (usually caused by Elizabeth Taylor) it took nearly three years to complete.

Cleopatra was a $44 million production. If you adjust that amount to catch up with today's inflated prices it would be equivalent to about $300 million US, which would make this film one of the most expensive films of all time.

Elizabeth Taylor (who was paid $7 million for her role) had a total of 65 costume changes throughout this film's 4-hour running time. This averages Taylor changing into a new costume about every 4 minutes.

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton began their well-publicized love/hate relationship on the set of Cleopatra. These 2 would go on to make 11 more pictures together - Most of them complete duds.

I could go on with more of this stuff, but I think you get the picture.

All-in-all - Cleopatra may be something of a bona-fide curiosity piece, but, in my books, it certainly could have been a whole lot better than it inevitably was.

NatMarAma Jan 02, 2016

A white-washed cast and horrible acting. Couldn't get past it.

Mar 08, 2014

I was not expecting too much of this film and was pleasantly surprised. On the downside the dialogue is often wooden and the acting is old-fashioned. However, it is a great story of love, political intrigue and war, and it is greater still for being real history, treated respectfully, for the most part. The set designs are for the time wonderful. There are little touches of local colour that encourage the belief in the truth of the scene, such as the seeking of omens and the means of passing from one ship to another. By the end of the film, I was very much caught up in the personality of this famous Egyptian queen.

Mar 24, 2013

I've tried to sit through this a couple of times, beginning to end, when I was younger. Couldn't do it. I finally did, and I remember why I had such a hard time. It's kind of boring. Four hours (condensed from Mankiewicz's original five hour and twenty minutes!) of tedious bickering, little action, and many millions of dollars in (astonishing) production value and Liz's costume changes. The lead characters were terrific, however: Landau and Harrison; McDowall, even though his role was rather small; the two scandal-making lovebirds, (Taylor & Burton), kinda like a Brangelina of fifty years ago with a helluva lot more class and talent. They (especially she) were superb. Bottom line -- it had its moments, and I'm glad I watched it. Not sure if I ever will again though.

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Mar 24, 2013

Cleopatra (to Julius Caesar): "...My breasts are full of love, and life. My hips are round and well apart. Such women, they say, have sons."

Mar 24, 2013

Agrippa (of Cleopatra): "...Well versed in the natural sciences and mathematics. She speaks seven languages proficiently. Were she not a woman, one would consider her to be an intellectual."

Mar 24, 2013

Octavian: "...Is that how one says it? As simply as that... "Mark Antony is dead."... "Lord Antony is dead!" "The soup is hot." "The soup is cold." "Antony is living." "Antony is dead." SHAKE WITH TERROR WHEN SUCH WORDS PASS YOUR LIPS... for fear they be untrue, and Antony'd cut out your tongue for the lie! And if true, for your lifetime, *boast* that you were honored to speak his name, even in death. The dying of such a man... must be shouted... screamed! It must echo back from the corners of the universe! "ANTONY IS DEAD!! MARK ANTONY OF ROME LIVES NO MORE!!!"

Mar 24, 2013

Cleopatra ('sampling' a basket of 'figs'): "The taste of these, they say, is sharp; swiftly over... How strangely awake I feel... as if living had been just a long dream... Someone else's dream... Now finished at last... But to now... begin a dream of my own... which will never end... Antony... Antony, wait..."


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