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Cleopatra (1912)

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The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ulimately disastrous for both of them.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Gardner ...
Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt (as Miss Gardner)
Pearl Sindelar ...
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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Shakespeare's play was produced in London circa 1606-7' - Sardou's play, Cléopatre, opened in Paris on 23 October 1890. See more »

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Worth watching, still interesting after over ninety yrs.
30 November 2003 | by (Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Good but not great. Like some of the other commentors, I saw this on TCM with the new music soundtrack. Unlike many, I liked the new music. Since this film is so dated, the music "freshens it up" a little. It's really more effective as a time capsule rather than as a drama. The star, Helen Gardner, also produced, so this is her vision. We all know the story, but what is interesting is the acting style and visuals. I agree with the other viewer here about the female cast members. You can't help but notice. With all these surgically enhanced, or personal-trainer enhanced, washboard-abbed stars today, it is nice to see a movie full of people who weren't under such pressure to look a certain way. There's plenty of "unintentional humor" here too, for those looking for camp value.


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