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Cleopatra
- Elizabeth Taylor

Overview - This epic, spectacular love story of Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Marc Antony has dazzled audiences with its elaborate sets, daring costumes, and thrilling sea battle since its release, but these can't compare with Elizabeth Taylor as the mesmerizing Cleopatra, struggling to save her Egyptian empire.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This epic, spectacular love story of Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Marc Antony has dazzled audiences with its elaborate sets, daring costumes, and thrilling sea battle since its release, but these can't compare with Elizabeth Taylor as the mesmerizing Cleopatra, struggling to save her Egyptian empire. When this film was released, it was known as much for its opulent filmmaking as it was for its huge budget overruns--it took two years to film because of Taylor's various ailments and a major script rewrite by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, moving the shooting studio from England to Italy, and replacing the original director and the actors to play the Roman leaders--as well as the very public and tempestuous offscreen affair between costars Taylor and Richard Burton, who duplicated their romance on the silver screen as the doomed Cleopatra and her true love, Marc Antony. Despite all the hubbub surrounding the film, audiences realized that its spectacular story could not be denied, and it has remained a classic ever since. The triple-star power of Taylor, Burton, and Rex Harrison (playing Julius Caesar) radiates throughout this lengthy production, and Mankiewicz, a consummate magician at depicting the shadings of human emotion, directed this threesome in one of the most famous and gloriously powerful love triangles ever to be captured on film.

Awards:
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Special Visual Effects Winner
1963 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Martin Benson - Supporting Actor
Ranald MacDougall - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Robert Stephens - British Actor
Francesca Annis - British Actress
Andrew Keir - Character Actor
Alex North - Composer
Richard Burton - Welsh Actor, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, CLEOPATRA
Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. - Welsh Actor, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, CLEOPATRA
Sidney Buchman - American screenwriter/producer
George Cole - British Actor
Herbert Berghof - Actor
Richard O'Sullivan
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - American director
Joseph Leo Mankiewicz - American director
Leon Shamroy - American Director of Photography
Hume Cronyn - Actor/Screenwriter, Married Jessica Tandy
Rex Harrison - British actor
Martin Landau - Oscar winning actor, ED WOOD
Kenneth Haigh - British Actor
Pamela Brown - British Supporting Actress
John De Cuir - Production Designer
John DeCuir - Production Designer
Roddy McDowall - British actor, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall - British actor, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Roddy MacDowall - British actor, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Roddy McDowell - British actor, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Elizabeth Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Liz Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Cesare Danova - TV/Film Actor
Gregoire Aslan - Actor
Walter Wanger - Producer
Walter Feuchtwanger - Producer
Dorothy Spencer - Editor

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543774594
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Big Battles
Love Triangle
Epic
Recommended
Period Piece
Ancient World
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
CLEOPATRA is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra's manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. The lavish, stunning production stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in legendary on- (as well as off-) screen performances.

Notes:
Rouben Mamoulian was the original director of CLEOPATRA, but Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed Elizabeth Taylor in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, took over after numerous delays. At the time of its completion, CLEOPATRA was the longest film in history at 4 hours and 3 minutes; it was cut by 21 minutes for its release. It was also the ninth biggest moneymaker of all time in the domestic market, even before its premiere, and the most expensive film made (before TITANIC in 1997), largely as a result of overruns caused by Taylor and Richard Burton's tempestuous relationship on- and offscreen. A 1934 version of CLEOPATRA was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Claudette Colbert in the title role.

Reviews:
"...[A] gaudy-gorgeous pageant..." - 04/13/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.53


3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a monument to pre-CGI pageantry, it doesn’t get much bigger than this." - 07/08/2013 Total Film

 
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