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Cleopatra (1934)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 5 October 1934 (USA)
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Waldemar Young (screen play), Vincent Lawrence (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Cleopatra
Warren William ... Julius Caesar
Henry Wilcoxon ... Marc Antony
Joseph Schildkraut ... Herod
Ian Keith ... Octavian
Gertrude Michael ... Calpurnia
C. Aubrey Smith ... Enobarbus
Irving Pichel ... Apollodorus
Arthur Hohl ... Brutus
Edwin Maxwell ... Casca
Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren ... Cassius (as Ian MacLaren)
Eleanor Phelps ... Charmion
Leonard Mudie ... Pothinos
Grace Durkin ... Iras
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Glabrio (scenes deleted)
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In 48 BC, Cleopatra, facing palace revolt in her kingdom of Egypt, welcomes the arrival of Julius Caesar as a way of solidifying her power under Rome. When Caesar, whom she has led astray, is killed, she transfers her affections to Marc Antony and dazzles him on a barge full of DeMillean splendor. But the trick may not work a third time... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Flaming Events And Deathless Love That Made History! (Print Ad-Deseret News, ((Salt Lake City, Utah)) 18 September 1934) See more »


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Trivia

First DeMille film to receive five Academy Award nominations. Among DeMille's films, this feat was matched by North West Mounted Police (1940), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). DeMille's final film, The Ten Commandments (1956), received seven nominations. See more »

Goofs

The main doors to Cleopatra's chambers have modern metal hinges. See more »

Quotes

Cleopatra: Let's not talk any more.
Julius Caesar: I picked a flower in Britain once, the color of your eyes.
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Alternate Versions

The movie was released in Germany with German direction by Kurt Blemis and German dialogue by Helmut Brandis and Helena von Fortenbach. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »

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Though a bit dated, still better than the Taylor-Burton "epic".
15 November 2000 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This movie is a typical DeMille PRODUCTION, with all the strengths-gorgeous sets, costumes and a sort of grandeur to all the proceedings-as well as the weaknesses-the lavishness often comes at the expense of things like the story, acting and plot. There's no question that it's beautiful (although, interestingly enough, none of it's five nominations for Academy Awards was for Interior Decoration.) Claudette Colbert does a wnderful job, but most of the other peformances are only average at best. 1934 was a particularly good year for Colbert, who won an Academy Award for It Happened One Night and starred in at least two other major productions that year-Imitation of Life and this movie. The picture feels a bit dated, but, while far from perfect, I think it superior to the 1963 remake in a great many respects and it's well worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra See more »

Filming Locations:

El Segundo, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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