History Film / Cleopatra

23rd Dec '17 11:03:30 AM nombretomado
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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, ''Cleopatra'' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton, and Creator/RexHarrison. It chronicles the tale of UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Pharaoh of Egypt, and her long reign over her country. In the beginning, she romances UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, and tries to gain her place in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, the Ides of March happen, and Cleopatra's dreams hit a roadblock. So, she turns her attention to Mark Antony, who eventually falls to the army of Octavian.

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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, ''Cleopatra'' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton, and Creator/RexHarrison. It chronicles the tale of UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Pharaoh of Egypt, and her long reign over her country. In the beginning, she romances UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, and tries to gain her place in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, the Ides of March happen, and Cleopatra's dreams hit a roadblock. So, she turns her attention to Mark Antony, who eventually falls to the army of Octavian.
22nd Dec '17 10:06:47 AM Spindriver
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—>"I ''asked'' it of Julius Caesar - I ''demand'' it of you!"

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—>"I -->"I ''asked'' it of Julius Caesar - I ''demand'' it of you!"
22nd Dec '17 10:05:34 AM Spindriver
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* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: Very literal. The girl who offered Cleopatra a poisoned drink begs her forgiveness. Cleopatra grants it, then makes her drink it. Also a Moment of Awesome.[[note]]Cleopatra was very probably genuinely offering forgiveness, when you think about it. The quick, relatively painless death from the poison would be a gentler way to go than the one the law would reserve for someone who tried to assassinate the Queen.[[/quote]]

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* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: Very literal. The girl who offered Cleopatra a poisoned drink begs her forgiveness. Cleopatra grants it, then makes her drink it. Also a Moment of Awesome.[[note]]Cleopatra was very probably genuinely offering forgiveness, when you think about it. The quick, relatively painless death from the poison would be a gentler way to go than the one the law would reserve for someone who tried to assassinate the Queen.[[/quote]][[/note]]
22nd Dec '17 10:04:36 AM Spindriver
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* BigEntrance: Rides in on a giant stone sphinx pulled by a hundred slaves.

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* BigEntrance: Rides Cleo rides in on a giant stone sphinx pulled by a hundred slaves.



* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: Very literal. The girl who offered Cleopatra a poisoned drink begs her forgiveness. Cleopatra grants it, then makes her drink it. Also a Moment of Awesome.
** Cleopatra was very probably genuinely offering her forgiveness, when you think about it. I'm sure the quick, relatively painless death from the poison was a gentler way to go than the one the law would reserve for someone who tried to assassinate the Queen.

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* ForgivenessRequiresDeath: Very literal. The girl who offered Cleopatra a poisoned drink begs her forgiveness. Cleopatra grants it, then makes her drink it. Also a Moment of Awesome.
** Cleopatra
Awesome.[[note]]Cleopatra was very probably genuinely offering her forgiveness, when you think about it. I'm sure the The quick, relatively painless death from the poison was would be a gentler way to go than the one the law would reserve for someone who tried to assassinate the Queen.[[/quote]]



* GorgeousPeriodDress

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* GorgeousPeriodDressGorgeousPeriodDress: Legendary queen, big-budget movie...



** "I ''asked'' it of Julius Caesar - I ''demand'' it of you!"

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** "I —>"I ''asked'' it of Julius Caesar - I ''demand'' it of you!"



* LoveRuinsTheRealm

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* LoveRuinsTheRealmLoveRuinsTheRealm: The end of Egypt as an independent empire, and of Anthony’s dreams, arises from some personal attractions.



* MonumentalDamage: Cleopatra is furious when Caesar's troops accidentally burn down the famous Alexandrian Library.
** This includes the baffling part where Sosigenes refers to various books being burned, such as the manuscripts of Aristotle, and the... Testament of the Hebrew god, which he refers to as the Book of Books? When did a Greek philosopher in Egypt convert to Judaism?

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* MonumentalDamage: Cleopatra is furious when Caesar's troops accidentally burn down the famous Alexandrian Library.
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Library. This includes the baffling part where Sosigenes refers to various books being burned, such as the manuscripts of Aristotle, and the... Testament of the Hebrew god, which he refers to as the Book of Books? When did a Greek philosopher in Egypt convert to Judaism?



* OnOneCondition: Octavian is willing to leave the Egyptians alone, but requires a small token of faith that Cleopatra delivers him Antony's head.

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* OnOneCondition: Octavian is willing to leave the Egyptians alone, but requires as a small token of faith that Cleopatra delivers him Antony's head.



* PurpleIsPowerful: Caesar on his return to rome wears the Purple toga, the picta toga during Cleopatra's arrival to Rome. He also wears this in private. Indeed it was Caesar's decision to irregularly wear such outfits that made conspirators believe he wanted to be King.

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* PurpleIsPowerful: Caesar on his return to rome wears the Purple toga, the picta toga during Cleopatra's arrival to Rome. He also wears this in private. Indeed it was Caesar's decision to irregularly wear such outfits that made conspirators believe he wanted to be King.king.



* TrueLoveAutoCorrect: Cleo has a great admiration for Caesar, bears his child, and dedicates herself to his memory, but after meeting Caesar's protege Antony discovers that true love is something greater (and more destructive) than she realized.

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* TrueLoveAutoCorrect: Cleo has a great admiration for Caesar, bears his child, and dedicates herself to his memory, but after meeting Caesar's protege protégé Antony discovers that true love is something greater (and more destructive) than she realized.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Cleopatra
* WomanScorned: Averted. Despite all the public acknowledgements Caesar makes of his relationship to Cleopatra, Calpurnia stays dignified.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Cleopatra
Cleopatra.
* WomanScorned: Averted. Despite WomanScorned:
** Averted whem, despite
all the public acknowledgements Caesar makes of his relationship to Cleopatra, Calpurnia stays dignified.



* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask
* WorldOfHam

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* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask
TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Cleopatra knows her role.
* WorldOfHamWorldOfHam: The sheer scale of the movie sends a lot of very competent actors over the top.
1st Dec '17 12:31:34 PM Saveelich
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If you are looking for information about the actual Cleopatra, see UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII.
27th Oct '17 12:17:51 PM JulianLapostat
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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: By all accounts, the real Cleopatra was rather plain-looking (her allure was in her personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Cleopatra, Caear, Mark Antony, Agrippina, Octavian/Augustus, Achillas, Ptolemy, Sosigenes, Brutus, Cassius, Cicero, Calpurnia, Caesarion, Octavia. It's a who's-who's of the Twilight of Republic phase of Ancient Rome.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: By all Roman accounts, the real Cleopatra was rather plain-looking (her allure was in her personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Cleopatra, Caear, UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, Mark Antony, Agrippina, Octavian/Augustus, Octavian/UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}}, Achillas, Ptolemy, Sosigenes, Brutus, [[UsefulNotes/MarcusJuniusBrutus Brutus]], Cassius, Cicero, Creator/{{Cicero}}, Calpurnia, Caesarion, Octavia. It's a who's-who's of the Twilight of Republic phase of Ancient Rome.
30th Aug '17 8:49:31 PM LeeM
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* OscarBait: No, duh?

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* OscarBait: No, duh?duh? (It won four in technical categories, but none for the director or actors.)
26th Apr '17 3:01:29 PM JulianLapostat
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* AthensVersusSparta: The movie contrasts Ptolemaic Alexandria with Late-Republican Rome. The former is a bustling, advanced city of knowledge, sexuality, and antique glories, while Rome is a kind of boring dilapidated area filled with conservative senators. UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's attraction and romance with UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII and later hers and Mark Antony's is framed in the film as stuffy Romans enjoying and preferring Hellenistic sophistication (or decadence in the eyes of Roman senators), while the conservative Octavian scapegoats Cleopatra as a slutty vamp, and proceeds to (ahistorically) murder a wise Egyptian astronomer in Rome, to prove who's the better civilization.

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* AthensVersusSparta: AthensAndSparta: The movie contrasts Ptolemaic Alexandria with Late-Republican Rome. The former is a bustling, advanced city of knowledge, sexuality, and antique glories, while Rome is a kind of boring dilapidated area filled with conservative senators. UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's attraction and romance with UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII and later hers and Mark Antony's is framed in the film as stuffy Romans enjoying and preferring Hellenistic sophistication (or decadence in the eyes of Roman senators), while the conservative Octavian scapegoats Cleopatra as a slutty vamp, and proceeds to (ahistorically) murder a wise Egyptian astronomer in Rome, to prove who's the better civilization.
25th Apr '17 8:45:01 AM JulianLapostat
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* AncientEgypt
* AncientRome

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* AncientEgypt
* AncientRome
AthensVersusSparta: The movie contrasts Ptolemaic Alexandria with Late-Republican Rome. The former is a bustling, advanced city of knowledge, sexuality, and antique glories, while Rome is a kind of boring dilapidated area filled with conservative senators. UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's attraction and romance with UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII and later hers and Mark Antony's is framed in the film as stuffy Romans enjoying and preferring Hellenistic sophistication (or decadence in the eyes of Roman senators), while the conservative Octavian scapegoats Cleopatra as a slutty vamp, and proceeds to (ahistorically) murder a wise Egyptian astronomer in Rome, to prove who's the better civilization.
3rd Mar '17 2:06:33 PM Xtifr
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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, ''Cleopatra'' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton, and Creator/RexHarrison. It chronicles the tale of UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Pharaoh of Egypt, and her long reign over her country. In the beginning, she romances [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]], and tries to gain her place in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, the Ides of March happen, and Cleopatra's dreams hit a roadblock. So, she turns her attention to Mark Antony, who eventually falls to the army of Octavian.

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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, ''Cleopatra'' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton, and Creator/RexHarrison. It chronicles the tale of UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Pharaoh of Egypt, and her long reign over her country. In the beginning, she romances [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]], UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, and tries to gain her place in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, the Ides of March happen, and Cleopatra's dreams hit a roadblock. So, she turns her attention to Mark Antony, who eventually falls to the army of Octavian.
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