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Cleopatra (1963) Poster

(1963)

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Anachronisms 

Cleopatra travels through an arch that was built at least 300 years after her death.
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The topless dancer seen at the beginning of Cleopatra's parade entering Rome clearly has a tan line that is the result of wearing a modern bikini-style top.
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Cleopatra refers to Octavian as "Octavius Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus." The senate also refer to him as "the August." However, Gaius Octavius wasn't given the name "Augustus" or made emperor until 27 BC, three years after Cleopatra's death.
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In Mark Antony's bath scene, a bright yellow plastic sponge is floating on the surface of the water.
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In one point Caesar talks to Cleopatra about Rome's interest in Egyptian maize. Ancient people had no idea about it, since maize was originally cultivated in prehistoric Mesoamerica and spread worldwide only in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The elaborate fanfares heard are not possible using simple valveless instruments.
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Character error 

Although we learn that Cleopatra is supposed to be the incarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis, Taylor keeps pronouncing it "Ises."
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Continuity 

When Cleopatra is rolled out of the rug in her first appearance, she is wearing flat sandals. in the next shot, she walks to the table in high heels.
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As Cleopatra enters Rome, tire tracks appear on a dirt road during the big parade.
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When Antony visits Cleopatra on her boat, the long red curtain behind him is closed. A few seconds later, the curtain is open.
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When Cleopatra's boat approaches the shore, the white translucent curtains are pulled open. In a view from the shore, they are still closed.
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Factual errors 

When Caesar is saying goodbye to Cleopatra in Alexandria before sailing back to Rome, one of his aides hurries him by warning, "You will miss your tide." In fact, Mediterranean has no tides, or more precisely, its tides are so minimal that they don't affect navigation. No ship sailing from a Mediterranean port would have to worry about catching a tide.
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Revealing mistakes 

The scar from Elizabeth Taylor's tracheotomy, performed during filming, is visible in several shots.
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When Caesar leaves for the Senate just prior to his assassination, there appear to be brown leaves on the ground. The event in question took place in March, and leaves blown down by the storm would likely be green.
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When the sphinx that carries Cleopatra in her entrance to Rome is about to go under the Arch, the shadow of the scaffolding behind the Arch is visible on the sphinx until it goes under it.
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