|If this doesn't make you want to see a movie, I don't know what would.|
|I remember drawing Liz from this cover.|
I had been following the publicity trail of breadcrumbs left by Cleopatra for more than two years. The scandals involving the principals of the film had been making headlines rivaling John Glenn orbiting the earth, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Kennedy Camelot saga. Eddie and Debbie, Liz and Eddie, Liz and Dick, were almost impossible to ignore on every newsstand. The story of Cleopatra easily surpassed that of the film's namesake Cleopatra VII, the last of Egypt's Ptolemy dynasty during the period around 50 BC. I knew little about Julius Caesar (except from Latin classes in high school) and virtually nothing about Mark Anthony other than his Shakespearian line, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." But I knew virtually all there was to know about those playing the historic characters in the film.
|The budget for Liz's costumes came to $194,800.|
|Cleopatra in her bath--considered quite daring for 1963.|
|George, Skouras, |
20th Century Fox president
|Cleopatra conquers Rome.|
|Cleopatra's Roman forum--larger than life.|
The arch in the background wasn't built
until 300 years after the story took place.
|Theda Bara--Hollywood's first Cleopatra, 1917|
|Claudette Colbert, |
Cleopatra number two, 1934
|Vivien Leigh, the British version|
of Cleopatra, 1945.
|Taylor, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Burton, a director deftly "handling" his stars.|
|The Ptolemy Palace, Alexandria, the largest movie set ever built.|
|On board Cleopatra's Barge, a banquet fit for a Mark Anthony.|
|Cleopatra and Julius Caesar|
--Rex Harrison was one of the few to receive consistent
praise for his part in the movie. The chemistry was right.
|The final scene.|