History Film / Cleopatra

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]].

* CultureClash: Rome and Egypt.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.

* RequisiteRoyalRegaliaPurpleIsPowerful: 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.
24th Oct '15 8:47:27 PM RushLimborg
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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.]]
22nd Oct '15 2:11:15 PM cassielsander
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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 Antony discovers that true love is something greater (and more destructive) than she realized.
30th Oct '14 9:08:03 AM Patachou
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->"''You know, it's possible, [[EmperorAugustus Octavian]], that when you die... you will die without ever having been alive.''"
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->"''You know, it's possible, [[EmperorAugustus [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Octavian]], that when you die... you will die without ever having been alive.''"

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 Cleopatra, 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. If you are looking for information about the actual Cleopatra, see UsefulNotes.CleopatraVII.
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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 Cleopatra, 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. If you are looking for information about the actual Cleopatra, see UsefulNotes.CleopatraVII. UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII.

* 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 ''[[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 ''[[PiratesOfTheCaribbean ''[[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.
6th Jul '14 7:53:45 PM Afununupa
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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, '''''Cleopatra''''' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RichardBurton and Rex Harrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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 Rex Harrison.Creator/RexHarrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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.
22nd May '14 11:05:22 PM PaulA
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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, '''''Cleopatra''''' was released in 1963 and starred Creator/ElizabethTaylor, RichardBurton and Rex Harrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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, RichardBurton Creator/RichardBurton and Rex Harrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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.
20th Mar '14 8:49:17 PM Quag15
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Moved to Trivia.
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20th Jan '14 2:55:50 AM LongLiveHumour
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* GentlemanSnarker: Caesar. It wouldn't be a stretch to say Rex Harrison plays him as a Roman [[MyFairLady Professor Higgins]].
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* GentlemanSnarker: Caesar. It wouldn't be a stretch to say Rex Harrison plays him as a Roman [[MyFairLady [[Theatre/MyFairLady Professor Higgins]].
13th Jan '14 12:32:54 AM ShiroAkuma
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* StraightForTheCommander: Mark Anthony attempts this in the final sea battle against Octavian. He sails his ship right at Octavian's flagship because even if he loses the battle, killing Octavian will still win him the war. It fails because Octavian is not actually on his flagship and is instead on another ship away from the fighting.
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* StraightForTheCommander: Mark Anthony Antony attempts this in the final sea battle against Octavian. He sails his ship right at Octavian's flagship because even if he loses the battle, killing Octavian will still win him the war. It fails because Octavian is not actually on his flagship and is instead on another ship away from the fighting.
30th Nov '13 5:32:39 AM Aquila89
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The film that [[TroubledProduction nearly]] [[BoxOfficeBomb killed]] TwentiethCenturyFox, '''''Cleopatra''''' was released in 1963 and starred ElizabethTaylor, RichardBurton and Rex Harrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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 ElizabethTaylor, Creator/ElizabethTaylor, RichardBurton and Rex Harrison. It chronicles the tale of Cleopatra, 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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