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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 6 September 1946 (USA)
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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£1,278,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gabriel Pascal went to Egypt to collect sand to get the right color. See more »

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In Caesar's first scene, he appears under a night sky full of clouds and bright stars. The clouds don't move at all and the stars shine bright through them, giving away the fact it's a painted backdrop with lights. Also, very strong shadows exist giving away the use of stage lighting. See more »

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Julius Caesar: Go, Ptolemy. Always take a throne when it is offered to you.
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Version of Caesar und Cleopatra (1964) See more »

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A forgotten classic...
12 September 1999 | by (London, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favourites of all time. It portrays Julius Caesar in his later years, not as a lusting powermonger, but as a wise and benevolent dictator...tired of blood and betrayal and wishing for a brighter vision of humanity. Claude Raines gives a brilliant performance of Caesar as a dreamer, while Viven Leigh perfectly portrays the naieve yet devious young Cleopatra with her usual believability and vigor. No big explosions...no horrific violence...just a wonderfully entertaining and thoughtful film. A definate classic...not to be missed, especially if you are a fan of the costume and elegance of this period of movie.


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