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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  6 September 1946 (USA)
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Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra ... See full summary »

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Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Apollodorus: When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares it his duty.
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One of my all time favorites
9 November 2002 | by (Topeka, KS) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out (1945-46) and it struck me then as a really great film. I saw it again tonight on video and still have the same opinion. This is NOT an historical film. This is a movie version of G.B. Shaw's play of the same name, just as "My Fair Lady" is a musical play/musical movie based on Shaw's "Pygmalion."

The performance by Vivien Leigh (32 yrs. old at the time) as a 15-16 yr. old Cleopatra was stunning as was the performance by Raines as Caesar. This is not a vehicle to describe history but rather, a vehicle for Shaw to present his ideas and comments -- and this movie serves Shaw's intent quite well.

His little barbs tweaking the British culture and character were well delivered. His ideas of what things lead to a civilized life and what things to a spiral of vengeance and barbarism are timeless and as appropriate to the twenty-first century as they were to the very early twentieth when Shaw wrote the play.

The cast was great, and the chemistry between all, especially Leigh & Raines, was superb -- as well as the sets and filming, too.


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