Cleopatra (50th Anniversary) (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 4 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 28, 2013
- Originally Released: 1963
- Label: 20Th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary by Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Dolby Digital Surround - English, French
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton|
|Performer:||Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir, Martin Landau, Robert Stephens, Francesca Annis, Martin Benson, Herbert Berghof, Grégoire Aslan & Richard O'Sullivan|
|Directed by||Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
|Edited by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Screenwriting by||Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall & Sidney Buchman|
|Composition by||Alex North|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Director of Photography:||Leon Shamroy|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Your Roman generals become divine so quickly!"
- Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison)
"Without you this isn't a world I want to live in--much less conquer."
- Cleopatra to Marc Antony (Richard Burton)
"You have a way of mixing politics and passion."
- Julius Caesar to Cleopatra
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Cinematography: Leon Shamroy
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1963 - Best Special Visual Effects
Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ...a tale of two men being manipulated, and possibly loved, by a powerful and conflicted woman. Full Review
Rating: B -- It may not be as compelling and tightly edited as Ben-Hur, but Cleopatra is still a Hollywood epic that tells a grand story in a grand way. Save it for a night when the family feels like a four-hour spectacle. Full Review
Family Home Theater
Taylor inhabits the role with a focussed but uninhibited imperiousness, as when she turns Cleopatra's entrance into Rome, aboard a giant rolling sphinx, into the ultimate red-carpet photo op. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests.
Little White Lies
Rating: 4/5 -- Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity. Full Review
Common Sense Media
To watch this film is to see the Hollywood story itself. Full Review
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)
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.
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.
Adventure | Big Battles | Love Triangle | Epic | Recommended | Period Piece | Ancient World | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- 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.
- Sales Rank: 2,639
- UPC: 024543864400
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