Cleopatra

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Released 1934

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Cleopatra

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Director:
Cecil B. DeMille
Released:
1934
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Cleopatra is a 1934 historical romance film directed and produced by early cinema's legendary Cevil B. Demille. The year is 48 BC, and Julius Caesar (Warren William) arrives at the court of Cleopatra (Claudette Colbert), Queen and Pharoah of Egypt. Her kingdom is in revolt and the palace is in turmoil, and she looks to Caesar and his Roman influence as a way of firmly establishing her reign. She seduces him through sumptuous spectacle, but when Caesar is assassinated by Brutus (Arthur Hohl) and Cassius (Ian Maclaren), she looks to his friend and possible successor Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxen). Her seduction of Antony on her royal barge is one of film's must-see moments, with Demille's trademark lavish costumes and art deco sets on display. However when Octavian (Ian Keith) appears, he might just ruin her plans forever. Cleopatra features an atmospheric soundtrack by Rudolph Kopp, and received an Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1935.

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Biography, Love & Romance, Epics, Historical, Classics