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Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001)

A trip through the idiosyncrasies and difficulties of making one of the most tormented movies ever filmed.

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Hosted by Robert Culp, this two-hour program combines film clips, behind the scenes footage, and recent interviews to create a look at the troubled 1958-1963 production. The interviews include a few surviving (at the time) actors such as Hume Cronyn and Martin Landau, plus 1995 bits from Roddy McDowall. Written by filmfactsman

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Was featured as a bonus feature on the 2001 "Fox Five Star Collection" DVD release of Cleopatra (1963). See more »

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The name of emcee Bert Parks is misspelled onscreen as "Burt Parks". See more »

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David Brown: There are two misfortunes in life... not getting what you want, and getting what you want.
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References A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

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Behind The Scenes Look at a Famous Hollywood Blockbuster
6 January 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

THE FILM THAT CHANGED Hollywood makes a false claim; CLEOPATRA did not necessarily change Hollywood culture (the old studio system was breaking down well before the film's release in 1963), but exists as a testament to Twentieth Century-Fox's folly in pouring vast quantities of dollars into a project beyond anyone's control. The narrative tells a familiar tale, of producer Spyros Skouras quarreling with Darryl F. Zanuck; of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz desperately trying to write and direct the film in the face of impossible odds; of Elizabeth Taylor trying to cope with illness, while subsequently falling in love with costar Richard Burton; and of a production that began in Pinewood Studios, England, and eventually relocated to Cinecitta Studios in Rome. However CLEOPATRA was not quite the disaster that many historians have claimed; it ended up making a great deal of money, due in no small part to Fox's slick advertising campaign. This documentary is perhaps a little too concerned with the nuances of the film's making, but is fascinating nonetheless, if only for the fact that it preserves the reminiscences of many of those involved in the project, who have now sadly passed away.


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