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Two Nights with Cleopatra (1954)

Due notti con Cleopatra (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 April 1964 (USA)
Sophia Loren plays a dual role, as both the sultry Queen of the Nile with a "man-a-night" appetite and a beautiful slave girl who takes her place and is wooed by a bodyguard who thinks she's the real monarch.

Director:

Mario Mattoli

Writers:

Ruggero Maccari (story) (as Nino Maccari), Ruggero Maccari (screenplay) (as Nino Maccari) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Cleopatra / Nisca
Alberto Sordi ... Cesarino
Paul Muller ... Tortul
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... Legionario
Alberto Talegalli Alberto Talegalli ... Enobarbo
Gianni Cavalieri Gianni Cavalieri ... Taverniere
Ugo D'Alessio Ugo D'Alessio ... Cocis
Rolf Tasna Rolf Tasna ... Meros (as Ralf Tasna)
Ughetto Bertucci Ughetto Bertucci ... Un mercante (as Ughetto)
Ettore Manni ... Marcantonio
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Storyline

Cleopatra is a beautiful woman but has a small flaw: when she likes an officer of the guard, after a night of love she makes him poison by the trusted Tortul so that Marcantonio does not find out. Cesarino is a new officer, not yet aware of Cleopatra's little vice and immediately agrees to guard the queen. When she enters, however, she does not find the true sovereign, but Nisca, a slave her double who the perfidious Tortul had found to allow Cleopatra to go incognito to Marcantonio. But, after the first night, the real Cleopatra returns. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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A Seductive Spectacle of Historic Proportions!

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Comedy

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Trivia

The title role was actually intended for the Gina Lollobrigida, but she bowed out and Sophia Loren was a last-minute replacement. See more »

Quotes

Cleopatra: What would you do if you were in my place?
Dedit: If I had a husband like Marc Antony I would be faithful to him.
Cleopatra: A dog is faithful, a woman never.
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Alternate Versions

According to some sources, the original European edit contained more nudity on the part of Sophia Loren during the bath scene. The 2003 Region 1 DVD release includes a bath scene with partial nudity that appears to have been edited into the film from another, lower quality print. (The DVD is also dubbed into English). See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Blue (1970) See more »

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TWO NIGHTS WITH CLEOPATRA (Mario Mattoli, 1953) **
7 March 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This one can't seem to make up its mind whether to be a vehicle for Italian comic Alberto Sordi or a peplum spoof, perhaps the first in the genre; I tend to find Sordi's brand of humor in this early stage overbearing – as for the latter, CARRY ON CLEO (1964; which I watched in January) is far superior!

Lovely Sophia Loren (not yet the international star, she featured in a famous bare-breasted black-and-white publicity still for this very film!) has a dual role as the conniving Cleopatra and a lookalike slave, who is made to pass for her when she absents herself to visit Marc Anthony (played by peplum regular Ettore Manni). Sordi is an Egyptian merchant who contrives to (literally) win a place as a personal guardian to the Queen of the Nile: the trouble is that she's in the habit of taking these as lovers and then have them killed!; the title, then, refers to Sordi's having trysts with both of Loren's characters (comforting the despairing slave while aggravating the no-nonsense ruler!). By the way, "Euro-Cult" stalwart Paul Muller is Cleopatra's villainous adviser.

For the record, director Mattoli helmed several Toto' vehicles around this same time; besides, the script was co-written by Ettore Scola (later a top director in his own right) – while Giuseppe Colizzi, a future Spaghetti Western specialist, served here as production manager. Incidentally, I had resisted renting this on DVD in a dubbed version…but, when it eventually turned up on Italian TV, the battered print used featured a number of jump cuts – so that the film ended up being even shorter than its already modest 78 minutes!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux nuits avec Cléopatre See more »

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Excelsa Film, Rosa Film See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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