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Cleopatra (1910)

Cléopâtre (original title)
After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius.


Henri Andréani (co-director), Ferdinand Zecca (co-director)


William Shakespeare (play)


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Credited cast:
Madeleine Roch Madeleine Roch ... Cléopâtre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Bérangère ... (as Bérangère)
Stacia Napierkowska ... Le messager
Mademoiselle Rianza Mademoiselle Rianza ... La danseuse


The opening scene in Cleopatra's court. The beautiful and imperious sovereign is in the act of declaring to her courtiers her intention of penetrating into the camp of Mark Antony, the conqueror of her land. The next picture shows her in most gorgeous robes, floating down on the Nile in a galley with silver oars and silken sails. Little wonder that the vision of this beautiful woman should dazzle the rough soldier. Octavius Caesar and Octavia, Antony's wife, bitterly reproach him for his desertion, but the infatuated conqueror, enraged at their daring to dictate to him, banishes them both for their interference. Next we see a feast in progress at the Palace of Tarsus, Cleopatra's home. Such magnificence and brilliancy is hardly conceivable at this distant date. In the midst of all feasting and gaiety, a messenger arrives from Octavius Caesar, who has declared war against Mark Antony. The latter realizing that the time for pleasure is now at an end, hastens to gather together his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

11 May 1910 (USA) See more »

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Cleopatra See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A powerful influence in strengthening previous conceptions
19 May 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

"The dark eyed sorceress of the Nile," as some poet has called her. Cleopatra, has been considered through the ages as the embodiment of luxurious and voluptuous beauty in women. The various scenes are magnificently set and beautifully photographed, and follow closely the printed descriptions of the queen and her court. It is needless to repeat the story. All the world knows of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, of their tragic death when the legions of Octavius Caesar were sweeping all before them. They both preferred death to humiliation, in quite the fashion of that age and time. The film adequately reproduces the scenes as they have been many times pictured by different writers, and one discovers upon looking at the film a reproduction of what his own imagination has pictured regarding that marvelous age and the personages who are delineated upon the pages of history. It is one of the most satisfactory films of this sort the Pathes have ever produced, and will be a powerful influence in strengthening previous conceptions of the marvelously beautiful queen and her rough soldier lover. - The Moving Picture World, May 21, 1910

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