Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

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


William Shakespeare (play)


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Cast overview:
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)


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

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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The magnificence was retained
9 March 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

If Shakespeare could only realize the fate of the works he left behind, the modern use of them would cause his prophetic soul to weep. Just think of it! Antony and Cleopatra given in its entirety, with the vocal parts and other details of the regular production cut out, in less than twenty minutes! What a vast difference between the older presentation and that represented by the modernized form of amusement! But with all the condensation, the magnificence was retained, and I heard several in the audiences say the film had created in them an appetite for more of the same kind. 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. The story was told in a concise manner that threw the condensing of the scenes into the shade. The audiences were liberal in expression of appreciation. -- The Moving Picture World, November 14, 1908

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