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Cleopatra (1912)

Unrated | | Drama, History | 13 November 1912 (USA)
The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ultimately disastrous for both of them.


Charles L. Gaskill


Victorien Sardou (adapted from the play by)




Complete credited cast:
Helen Gardner ... Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt (as Miss Gardner)
Pearl Sindelar ... Iras - An Attendant (as Miss Sindelar)
Miss Fielding Miss Fielding ... Charmian - An Attendant
Miss Robson Miss Robson ... Octavia - Wife of Antony
Helene Costello ... Nicola - a Child (as Miss Helene)
Charles Sindelar Charles Sindelar ... Antony - a Triumvir and General (as Mr. Sindelar)
Mr. Howard Mr. Howard ... Pharon - a Greek Slave and Fisherman
James R. Waite James R. Waite ... Venditius - a Roman Soldier (as Mr. Waite)
Mr. Osborne Mr. Osborne ... Diomedes - a Rich Egyptian (as Mr. Osborn)
Harry Knowles Harry Knowles ... Kephren - Captain of the Guards to the Queen (as Harley Knowles)
Mr. Paul Mr. Paul ... Octavius - a Triumvir and General
Mr. Brady Mr. Brady ... Serapian - an Egyptian Priest
Mr. Corker Mr. Corker ... Ixias - Servant to Ventidius


When she discovers that a slave named Pharon professes his love for her, Cleopatra makes a bargain with him: she will give him ten days of "love," at the end of which he is to commit suicide. He agrees, although the queen's handmaiden Iras, in love with the slave, isn't happy with the arrangement. Later when Cleopatra is seducing Marc Antony, her relationship with Pharon is used against her, but with little effect. She allies herself with Antony against Octavius, participates in a brief war, then meets her end rather than be subjected to Roman rule. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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This film is one of the first six-reel feature films produced in the United States. With the tagline "The most beautiful motion picture ever made", the film was the first to offer a feature-length depiction of Cleopatra, although there had been a short film about Antony and Cleopatra earlier. See more »


The costumes and hairstyles of Cleopatra and her servants are reminiscent of the Greek style, definitely not Egyptian, albeit in the Roman Period. See more »


Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt: Go - - but be faithful to me!
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Crazy Credits

Helen Gardner Picture Players, Tappan-on-the-Hudson, New York. See more »

Alternate Versions

A restored version, funded by Turner Classic Movies and in the George Eastman House Collection, was shown on Turner Classic Movies on 10 August 2000. It has an original music score by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, and runs 88 minutes. See more »


Version of Cleopatra (1934) See more »

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Very interesting
11 August 2000 | by silent-12See all my reviews

I just saw this version of "Cleopatra" as part of TCM's Women Pioneers in Film Series. Although I think they did a beautiful job on the restoration, I found the new, avant-garde soundtrack too invasive and distracting. In fact, I had to watch it with the mute on.

Having said that, though, I did find this adaptation interesting. It is true that, like many films of this era, it is a bit creaky and primitive. However, it provides a fascinating glimpse of early filmmaking--no closeups, the camera hardly ever moves, etc. I also found Ms. Gardener fascinating, given how much of the production was actually done by her, including costume design. I wish there were more information available on her life and career.

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Release Date:

13 November 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra: The Romance of a Woman and a Queen See more »

Filming Locations:

Tappan, New York, USA


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$45,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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