History Film / Cleopatra

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.
12th Oct '16 9:10:06 AM erforce
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* EpicMovie: One of the biggest. It cost $44 million to make, which, adjusted for inflation, would be '' $310 million'' in today's dollars. This figure has only been topped (and even then, just barely) by ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]]'' -- 44 years later. To put it into perspective: it remains the only movie to be the highest-grossing film of its year and ''still'' lose money. It would have had to become the third most successful film ''of all time'' just to break even.

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* EpicMovie: One of the biggest. It cost $44 million to make, which, adjusted for inflation, would be '' $310 million'' in today's dollars. This figure has only been topped (and even then, just barely) by ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]]'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' -- 44 years later. To put it into perspective: it remains the only movie to be the highest-grossing film of its year and ''still'' lose money. It would have had to become the third most successful film ''of all time'' just to break even.
4th Oct '16 1:00:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheAlcoholic: In the second part of the movie, there is hardly a scene where Mark Antony is not drinking. This is HarsherInHindsight given Richard Burton's problems with alcohol.

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* TheAlcoholic: In the second part of the movie, there is hardly a scene where Mark Antony is not drinking. This is HarsherInHindsight given Richard Burton's Creator/RichardBurton's problems with alcohol.


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* ReCut: Originally meant as two films, the original running time was supposedly ''six hours''.
27th May '16 12:08:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Octavian.
1st Apr '16 11:42:16 AM ObsidianFire
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* NotHisSled: The original Creator/CecilBDemille film starring Creator/ClaudetteColbert has a scene where Cleo's introduction to Caesar involves her glamorously rolling out of an unfurling rug. In ''this'' film, the rug's brought to Caesar, and the audience who saw the original braces itself...but Caesar turns out to be a bit GenreSavvy, thinking a spy may be in it--and draws his sword. Cleo rolls out all right...[[EpicFail but on her face without the situational control she intended.]]

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* NotHisSled: The original Creator/CecilBDemille film starring Creator/ClaudetteColbert has a scene where Cleo's introduction to Caesar involves her glamorously rolling out of an unfurling rug. In ''this'' film, the rug's brought to Caesar, and the audience who saw the original braces itself...but Caesar turns out to be a bit GenreSavvy, smart, thinking a spy may be in it--and draws his sword. Cleo rolls out all right...[[EpicFail but on her face without the situational control she intended.]]
8th Mar '16 9:57:42 AM Mdumas43073
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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''''' ''Cleopatra'' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton 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.
6th Dec '15 10:20:41 AM JulianLapostat
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* CultureClash: Rome and Egypt.

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* CultureClash: Rome and Egypt. Cleopatra the absolutist Queen has a hard time understanding Roman politics and why even a dictator is not fully an Emperor, and why the Romans have a taboo against a King. In the end, [[HoistByHerOwnPetard Cleopatra gets her desire for Rome to have an Emperor but the new Emperor, Augustus, decides to conquer Egypt too]].



* DueToTheDead: Brutus gets this from Antony after defeating him at the Battle of Philippi. Antony however faces no such luck from Augustus.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Octavian, perhaps the most successful ruler in Roman history, is portrayed as an [[SissyVillain effeminate wimp]] with delusions of grandeur.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter
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.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Brutus is shown in a very sympathetic light. Likewise, the fact that Caesar is painted to have openly sought Imperial titles vindicates and justifies TheConspiracy where earlier accounts at least kept things ambiguous (as it was in history).
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Octavian, perhaps the most successful ruler in Roman history, is portrayed as an [[SissyVillain effeminate wimp]] and a two-faced schemer with delusions of grandeur.grandeur.



* RequisiteRoyalRegalia

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* RequisiteRoyalRegaliaRequisiteRoyalRegalia: Especially during the Roman triumph.



* 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.



* VillainProtagonist: All three main characters (Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony) are portrayed as scheming, power-hungry politicians and brutal warlords, caring nothing for the masses under their rule and seeking only personal gain.

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* VillainProtagonist: All three main characters (Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony) and Octavian/Augustus are portrayed as scheming, power-hungry politicians and brutal warlords, caring nothing for the masses under their rule and seeking only personal gain.
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