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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 6 September 1946 (USA)
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At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

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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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César e Cleópatra  »

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£1,278,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The role of Caesar was originally offered to John Gielgud, who turned it down because he detested Gabriel Pascal. See more »

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In the opening scene, very strong multiple shadows in different directions give away the locations of very close stage lights. See more »

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Julius Caesar: What's the matter?
Cleopatra: You're bald! That's why you wear the wreath!
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One of my all time favorites
9 November 2002 | by (Lawrence, 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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