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Cleopatra (1912)

Unrated | | Drama, History | 13 November 1912 (USA)
The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ulimately disastrous for both of them.

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Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt (as Miss Gardner)
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Iras - An Attendant (as Miss Sindelar)
Miss Fielding ...
Miss Robson ...
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Nicola - a Child (as Miss Helene)
Charles Sindelar ...
Mr. Howard ...
Pharon - a Greek Slave and Fisherman
James R. Waite ...
Mr. Osborne ...
Diomedes - a Rich Egyptian (as Mr. Osborn)
Harry Knowles ...
Mr. Paul ...
Mr. Brady ...
Serapian - an Egyptian Priest
Mr. Corker ...
Ixias - Servant to Ventidius
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When she discovers that a slave named Pharon professes his love for her, Cleopatra makes a bargain with him: she will give him ten days of "love," at the end of which he is to commit suicide. He agrees, although the queen's handmaiden Iras, in love with the slave, isn't happy with the arrangement. Later when Cleopatra is seducing Marc Antony, her relationship with Pharon is used against her, but with little effect. She allies herself with Antony against Octavius, participates in a brief war, then meets her end rather than be subjected to Roman rule. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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13 November 1912 (USA)  »

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Cleopatra: The Romance of a Woman and a Queen  »

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$45,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

William Shakespeare's play was produced in London circa 1606-7; Victorien Sardou's play, "Cléopatre", opened in Paris on 23 October 1890. See more »

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Diomedes - a Rich Egyptian: It were better for Antony did she never come - for his army is not as powerful as her eyes!
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Certain stage traditions originally founded in ignorance and preserved after they became traditions, have not been considered; the object of the Director has been to insure naturalness in an atmosphere of romance, the object of the Author to intimate the nobilities and grandeur of the woman who was devotedly loved by Julius Caesar. Perfect freedom has been exercised in the adaption. See more »

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Version of Cleopatra (1963) See more »

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Age cannot wither her...
30 November 2003 | by (Swansea, IL) – See all my reviews

...nor custom stale her infinite variety. - Wm. Shakespeare

How fortunate we are that this early first feature epic survives in near entirety. It stands as a testimonial to one of the greatest and overlooked actresses of early cinema, the divine Helen Gardner. Miss Gardner was a prolific actress of the stage and early screen. She taught pantomine and was possibly the first star to form her own production company, the Helen Gardner Picture Corporation, of which this film was produced. Now granted this film seems stagey and it lacks some of Griffith's techniques but it boasts some fine performances and is important for its historical value. In my opinion Miss Gardner is the finest Cleopatra the screen has ever had. She is every inch the Queen of the Nile, beautiful, majestic, sexy. She had a strong screen presence and talent that is almost forgotten due to the fact that so many of her films are gone, which is why this film is of great importance. This film is based on the play by Victorien Sardou and was directed by Miss Gardner's husband Charles L. Gaskill. Miss Gardner also designed her costumes for this as she did for many of her roles. I had always wanted to see the 1917 Theda Bara version but as long as that film remains lost, Helen Gardner is the quintessential Cleopatra of the screen. Long live the Queen!


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