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Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Maurice Costello ... Marc Antony (unconfirmed)
Florence Lawrence ... Cleopatra (unconfirmed)
William V. Ranous ... Octavius Caesar (unconfirmed)
Charles Chapman Charles Chapman ... Mark Anthony (unconfirmed)
Betty Kent Betty Kent ... Cleopatra (unconfirmed)
William Phillips William Phillips ... Octavius Caesar (unconfirmed)
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The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antony and Cleopatra, the Love Story of the Noblest Roman and the Most Beautiful Egyptian See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of plays by William Shakespeare adapted by the Vitagraph Company of America in 1908. The others were A Comedy of Errors (1908), Othello (1908), Macbeth (1908), Romeo and Juliet (1908), Richard III (1908), Julius Caesar (1908) and The Merchant of Venice (1908). See more »

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Version of Antony and Cleopatra (1972) See more »

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A llittle witherd by age but not staled by custom
29 October 2019 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

First, a correct list of Viagraph Shakespeare producitns - Macbeth (1908),, Othello (1908), Romeo and Juliet (1908), Richard III (1908), Antony and Cleopatra (1908), Julius Caesar (1908), The Merchant of Venice (1908), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909) and Twelfth Night (1910). The Comedy of Errors (1908) was a comedy with absolutely no connection with the Shakespeare play of the same name..

Four of the films - a rare case with Vitagraph film of this period and evidence in itself of their success - survive more or less complete - Julius Caesar, King Lear, A MIdsmmer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night.

For the others (Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra) we are fortunate enough to osses synoptic footage - one or two minutes of footage from different points in the lays selected to give at least a reasonable idea of the play as a whole). This footage is currently preserved in the Library of Congress paper print collection. Such footage also exists for King Lear.

The overall impression is of a very impressive effort in what the first attempts to present film versions of Shakespeare plays (as opposed to isolated scenes, usually from theatrical productions). In many ways they compare favourably with the French and Italian versions that began to appear at this same time.

The MPW reviewer (this is not just a Vitagraph publicity description) is entirely accurate - "The Vitagraph Company can take pride in the production. The elaborate stage effects and superb costumes, together with the magnificent manner in which the parts were played, is a credit to the company." Antony and Cleopatra is my own favourite amongst Shakespeare plays. It is too rarely performed (by comparison with others) and has seldom been filmed. It requires actors of commanding presence and was here performed by two of the earliest stars of cinema - Maurice Costello and Florence Lawrence. The footage for this film confirms the elaborate costumes and sets but does not give a very good idea of the performances.


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