In 48 BC, Cleopatra, facing palace revolt in her kingdom of Egypt, welcomes the arrival of Julius Caesar as a way of solidifying her power under Rome. When Caesar, whom she has led astray, is killed, she transfers her affections to Marc Antony and dazzles him on a barge full of DeMillean splendor.
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**1/2. Check out this travelling in Cleopatra's boat: it begins in front of the Queen's bed and ends among the slave rowers. However, all in all, the film is way too theatrical for my taste. Recommended to movie lovers.
Up until the dour end I thought this film was a fun sex comedy epic with lots of violence, dancing, and all kinds of wonderful excess. The dialogue is wonderful and Colbert is great as Cleopatra. I enjoyed William as Caesar and despite being hammy in places Wilcoxon was a nice Antony. A real tawdry piece of work but definitely worth checking out.
One of the hottest women around in the 1930s, Claudette Colbert, plays sexual predator Cleopatra. A lavish production even if it has been overshadowed by the costly 60s version with Liz Taylor. This film is not very historic accurate nor do they get the characterization right. This is a romantic Hollywood version of the legend so if you want facts go see a documentary instead.
Une réalisation fastueuse et grandiloquente (la scène de séduction de Marc-Antoine est un moment d'anthologie) dans le plus pur style de son auteur. Si Warren William n'est guère convaincant en César, Claudette Colbert compose une souveraine égyptienne fascinante, à mi-chemin entre déesse et grisette. Son interprétation à elle seule vaut le détour. Kitsch à souhait... www.cinefiches.com
An apt portrayal of who was perhaps history's earliest femme fatale. DeMille's typical grand style makes you gaze with amazement at this epos. Dancers, beatings, romance, all of which seems cheap, but there's more underneath the surface to contemplate about: is this power craving seductress evil? What can be said of this love she feels for Antony? Don't let the deceptively cheap style of the film cloud your judgment.
A glamorous distraction for Depression-era audiences, this stylish DeMille film is a talkative drama with passable performances that add to the grand emotions that would've wooed audiences in the 30's.