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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

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 love affair that shook the world! See more »


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Trivia

The film largely came about because Cecil B. DeMille's previous film, Four Frightened People (1934) - which also starred Claudette Colbert - had been a huge flop. Paramount head Adolph Zukor wanted DeMille to replicate the success of The Sign of the Cross (1932) and told him he had to make another historical epic next with lots of sex in it. See more »

Goofs

Cleopatra VII, a woman of the 1st Century BC, wears makeup of the 1930s--even lips painted in the heart shape made famous by Jean Harlow. See more »

Quotes

Cleopatra: If that's what you prefer, I always try to please you Antony.
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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

Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) 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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