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When released in 1963, "Cleopatra" was the most expensive picture ever made and Elizabeth Taylor the highest paid actor ever, raking in a cool million for the first time. The picture was seen as the ultimate in beautiful sets, costumes and art direction. It won all four of the art Oscars.
Now the picture would cost $400 million and people would wonder why. We originally thought the money showed on the screen, but now the picture often looks tacky. Some of Miss Taylor's costumes make her look like a bored Boca Raton housewife, others like a stripper in Vegas. The sets are garishly painted and the special effects make the climactic sea battle look like kiddie's toys in the tub.
The film is looooong. It is a solid four hours so pace yourself accordingly. The strange thing is, despite the number of times I have seen it "Cleopatra" is not very memorable. With the spectacular exception of Cleopatra's entrance into Rome with the huge gold shpinx, all the bigness of the picture seems just that-bigness for bigness sake. It makes for some eye popping visuals and some eye dropping dialogue. You expect Miss Taylor at some point to scream "Take me to Miami!"
The only really good acting comes from Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar, who received an Oscar nomination for his efforts. He manages to imbue the ruler with humor and some humanity with grace, dignity and aplomb amidst all this chaos. Richard Burton, pontificating bad dialogue at the top of his lungs, is always interesting, but not really playing anyone other than himself on a bender in Rome. Roddy McDowell does well in a supporting role which did not bring him the hoped for Oscar nod.
Joseph Mankewicz is responsible for writing, directing and producing this mess which effectively ended his career. Spyros Skouras lost his job as President of 20th Century Fox due to the profligate spending going on in Rome. And all of us lose four hours of our lives to a film that you probably won't remember much of despite $44 million squandered on this picture.
This is a three disc set; the movie on two with extras, and the third devoted to many extras, which just be a little too much of a mediocre thing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Elisabeth Taylor was a delight to watch especially. I loved learning a bit about that period of Egyptian history, and Cleopatra's efforts to protect the country from Roman invasion by any means necessary. The love story is based on actual history, but who knows if the characters really felt that way. Cleopatra and Antony did have two children, not one, as the movie states, but many of the facts remain true to the essence of historical facts. It is unfortunate that the entire movie was never screened. The original idea was to have two four-hour movies based on each half of the story, but it was seriously crippled by severe edits and one movie only made. That in itself was cut down to about 3 hours. Fortunately, this versions restores the original theatrical release of a four-hour movie. Much of the 8-hour movie has been lost, with just a couple of scenes shown on the bonus disc. The bonus disc is a wealth of information, not just about the movie, but about Taylor & Burton, Hollywood, the producers, directors and 20th Century Fox itself. The bonus disc is worth viewing all by itself!
This movie is a classic, I mostly watch it for the costumes. The scenes are a great example of old hollywood in my opinion. Some parts get slow, so this might not be a movie for right before bedtime/ listen in the other room, but if you have the patience and time to sit down to watch it, I think you'll enjoy the acting quality of this film. Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous!
Great Epic movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that reminds us of their love affair on and off the screen.
I purchased this DVD for a dear friend on her birthday. She and her husband had been looking for this for some time, and had not found it locally, and ordering it from a local store was tedius and expensive. Needless to say, she was amazed to receive it for her special day. I have not seen it in many years, but she assures me that it is "perfect and flawless", a great movie that they have watched several times in the past month and will continue to watch. The wide screen version was a bonus, as they had just purchased a wide screen TV. This DVD set also had bonus material about filming the movie, which they found very interesting. This was a classic movie, at a very reasonable price, and a wonderful gift to boot.