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May 4, 2009

Cleopatra (1963) – Film Review

Filed under: Celebrity,Film Review — smackamack @ 1:42 am


cleopatra1Plot: The story of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire. Caesar visits Egypt, has an affair with her, and returns to Rome. She bears his child and visits Rome to claim her place at Caesar’s side. He is murdered before this can happen. She returns to Egypt leaving Rome in turmoil. Mark Antony follows her to Egypt and they fall in love. However, Octavian defeats Anthony in battle. 

This epic film is a true treat to watch.  It is supposedly still the second most expensive film of all time….and you can tell.  The sets, the costumes, the designs, and the camera work are true exceptional.  Although the film is 4 hours, it was worth seeing.  However, with that said, I don’t mean it is a great film…it’s not.  The film can be slow at times, and the acting can be questionable.

sjff_03_img1364I loved Elizabeth Taylor in this film…i know she get shit reviews, but I loved it.  She plays her so well, personally.  Also, it was cool seeing Rex Harrison and Richard Burton of course.  

I recommend this film to film and/or history buffs. Be warned, its 4 hours, and you will need a few breaks (took me 24 hours to watch it all).  I give this film 3/5 stars.


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