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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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Cast

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 Eleanor Phelps ... Charmion
Leonard Mudie ... Pothinos
Grace Durkin ... Iras
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Glabrio (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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History's most seductive woman! The screen's mightiest spectacle! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kleopatra See more »

Filming Locations:

El Segundo, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Cinematography. See more »

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

Quotes

Lady Flora: He doesn't miss very much any day. The Queen of Egypt gives parties too.
Lady Leda: You mean Cleopatra?
Fidius: What? Have you heard of Cleopatra?
Lady Leda: Of course. All kinds of things. Is she black?
[Party guests all laugh]
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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 »

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Best version of the oft-told story
19 October 2001 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

One never thinks of Claudette Colbert as a sex symbol but she puts that to rest with her great interpretation of Cleopatra. What a siren she is as she vamps her way through this film. Henry Wilcoxon, truly an overlooked actor, is a perfect Antony. I have often wondered why he never made a bigger splash. I'm not as taken with Warren William as Caesar; he seems more at home in films with contemporary settings. The barge scene, with the ever increasing beat of the drums,implying what is happening or about to happen, is full of passion. More obvious scenes in modern movies leave nothing to the imagination....this leaves most of it to the imagination and is, therefore, much more effective. A highly recommended film.


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