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Son of Cleopatra (1964)

Il figlio di Cleopatra (original title)
In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra ... See full summary »

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El Kebir
Scilla Gabel ...
Livia
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Varrone
Livio Lorenzon ...
Petronio
Samira Ahmed ...
Meroe
Shukry Sarhan ...
Akro (as Shukry Sharhan)
Leila Fawzi ...
Hermia (as Laila Fawzi)
Paolo Gozlino ...
Furio
Yehia Chahine ...
Safar (as Yehia Shaine)
Hassan Youssef ...
Uro
Corrado Annicelli ...
Longino
Franco Fantasia ...
Vetero
Alberto Cevenini
Mahmoud Farag ...
Tarok
Abdel Khalek Saleh ...
Priest
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In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. When Petronius' daughter, Livia, newly-arrived from Rome, falls into his hands, El Kabir uses this opportunity to win her over to his side before releasing her to her father. Livia's efforts to promote peace, however, are thwarted, and only the arrival of Octavian Caesar can bring about a resolution to the troubled situation. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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31 December 1964 (Italy)  »

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Very Good Historical Drama

I was also pleasantly surprised with this meticulously staged production, made in the wake of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "Cleopatra", the legendary Fox historical spectacle for which no money was spared to bring a visually rich motion picture to the screen. This tale of El Kebir (or Cesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar) leading rebel Egyptian tribes against a tyrannical Roman governor is mostly an outdoors action drama, and whatever is set in interiors does not require lavishly rich sets and decoration since the scenes take place in desert tents and public officers' houses. Add location shooting in Egypt, hundreds of extras and you have a typical 1960s wide-screen and color adventure drama. Against what I have read about Mark Damon's performance he is equally fit as a handsome action leader (not precisely a mythological demigod, but a freedom fighter) and as a more complex character than the usual muscle-man fighting evil queens and emperors. There are also more interesting characters (even if they fit the usual stereotypes of right and wrong doers), played by an excellent cast of Italian and Egyptian actors; and firm and straight direction by Ferdinando Baldi. What is unfortunately lacking is chemistry between Damon and leading lady Scilla Gabel, as Livia, the Roman governor's daughter who falls for the dark-haired and green-eyed prince of the desert: their interaction is simply another element of the plot, since there is no passion or romantic energy in their scenes. Carlo Rustichelli's score is a plus, providing the romantic touch lacking in their performances, and adding a dimension reminiscent of the European westerns, with a melancholic trumpet leading the main theme. Watch it, it is quite enjoyable.


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