Cleopatra

Cleopatra

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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison

     
 

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In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the Nile along with Cleopatra's barge. Handsomely mounted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who replaced Rouben Mamoulian as director after six… See more details below

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Overview

In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the Nile along with Cleopatra's barge. Handsomely mounted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who replaced Rouben Mamoulian as director after six days of shooting), the drama follows the eighteen tumultuous years that led to the founding of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) meets up with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and plans to lure Caesar to her boudoir in order to forge an alliance with Rome so that she may hold on to her Egyptian empire. When Caesar is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate, Cleopatra is left without an ally, and Egypt is up for grabs. When Roman general Mark Antony (Richard Burton) comes along, she seduces him in order to make him over into her new protector. But, under the charms of Cleopatra, Mark Antony is reduced from a an awesome and dominating general to a sniveling, drunken wimp. At the Battle of Actium, Mark Antony is defeated and Cleopatra withdraws her troops, dooming Mark Antony and his army. With Egypt in peril, Antony and Cleopatra, the doomed lovers, meet each other for the last time, as the enemy forces close in.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This opulent epic -- at the time of its 1963 release the most expensive film ever made by a Hollywood studio -- still captivates audiences and deserves a place in movie history as the film that united Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton both on and off the screen. Their torrid affair during production made tabloid headlines and attracted more unwanted attention to an already troubled project that virtually bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Cleopatra’s literate, comprehensive script (primarily written by All About Eve’s Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also directed) covered an 18-year period leading up to the formation of the Roman Empire, beginning with Cleopatra’s historic meeting with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison), the conqueror of her beloved Egypt, and ending with her oft-dramatized suicide. Visualizing the love affair between the Nile Queen and Marc Antony (Burton) enabled Mankiewicz to capture some sizzling scenes, and Taylor would never again look so alluring. But even her fabled beauty paled alongside the lavish sets, costumes, and hordes of extras deployed to re-create the splendor of ancient Rome. Derided by some as an overlong, kitschy mélange, Cleopatra has actually weathered the years quite well, and for many viewers it remains the epitome of screen spectacle. Fox’s DVD edition adds two documentaries, "The Film That Changed Hollywood" and "The Fourth Star of Cleopatra," along with footage from the film’s New York and Hollywood premieres.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
UPC:
0024543864400
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
4:08:00
Sales rank:
2,233

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary by Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra
Richard Burton Marc Antony
Rex Harrison Julius Caesar
Pamela Brown High Priestess
Roddy McDowall Octavian
George Cole Flavius
Martin Landau Rufio
Hume Cronyn Sosigenes
Kenneth Haigh Brutus
Andrew Keir Agrippa
Robert Stephens Germanicus
Francesca Annis Eiras
Gregoire Aslan Pothinos
Martin Benson Ramos
Herbert Berghof Theodotus
Jacqui Chan Lotos
Isabelle Cooley Charmian
John Doucette Achillas
Andrew Faulds Canidius
Michael Gwynn Cimber
John Hoyt Cassius
Marne Maitland Euphranor
Carroll O'Connor Casca
Richard O'Sullivan Ptolemy
Gwen Watford Calpurnia
Douglas Wilmer Decimus
Marina Berti Queen at Tarsus
John Karlsen High priest
Loris Loddi Caesarion, at age four
Jean Marsh Octavia
Gin Mart Marcellus
Furio Meniconi Mithridates
Kenneth Nash Caesarion, at age twelve
Del Russell Caesarion, at age seven
John Valva Valvus
John Alderton 1st Officer
Finlay Currie Titus
Marie Devereaux Actor
Peter Forster 2nd Officer
Jeremy Kemp Actor
Laurence Naismith Archesilaus
Michele Bally Actor
Cesare Danova Apollodorus
John Cairney Phoebus
Michael Hordern Cicero

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
David Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Renie Conley Costumes/Costume Designer
Walden O. Corcoran Sound/Sound Designer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
C.O. Erickson Production Manager
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Boris Juraga Art Director
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alex North Score Composer
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Maurice Pelling Art Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred R. Simpson Asst. Director
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Walter Wanger Producer
Elven Webb Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cleopatra
1. Overture [2:30]
2. Main Titles [2:26]
3. Caesars Triumph [4:17]
4. Alexandria [7:01]
5. Cleopatra [1:55]
6. The Falling Sickness [5:14]
7. An Audience [4:37]
8. The Great Fire [2:55]
9. Under Attack [1:20]
10. The Fatal Drink [5:11]
11. Caesar's Justice [6:18]
12. A New Ally [:36]
13. A New Lover [3:48]
14. One World [1:38]
15. Antony's Concern [:33]
16. A Son [2:20]
17. Leaving Egypt [4:02]
18. Dictator For Life [:58]
19. The Queen Conquers Rome [2:57]
20. A King In Training [1:41]
21. Emperor Of Rome [3:41]
22. Caesar's Kingdom [1:51]
23. The Conspirators [5:17]
24. Visions Of Death [:39]
25. The Dream Is Over [2:50]
26. Entr'acte [3:44]
Disc #2 -- Cleopatra
27. Antony The Avenger [4:59]
28. The Need for Egypt [1:16]
29. Egypt Goes To Antony [3:18]
30. Antony Comes To Egypt [3:30]
31. Lovers At Last [:15]
32. The Problem With Antony [6:59]
33. A Marriage Of State [:36]
34. The Queen's Demands [7:21]
35. Jealousy And Politics [:13]
36. A Forced War [6:06]
37. Antony's Testament [1:57]
38. Brave Simplicity [7:48]
39. The Battle Of Actium [:17]
40. Antony's Retreat [2:33]
41. A Broken Man [4:39]
42. Octavian's Demands [1:11]
43. Waiting For Antony [1:28]
44. Cleopatra's Decision [3:32]
45. Two Legions Left [4:06]
46. Antony Stands Alone [:15]
47. The Ultimate Desertion [2:57]
48. The Dark Sleep [4:28]
49. Antony Is Dead! [5:51]
50. By Right Of Conquest [1:46]
51. Preparing To Go [3:39]
52. The Last Request [3:29]

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