Cleopatra (movie, 1934)

Cleopatra ( Cleopatra ) is an American film directed by Cecil B. DeMille , released in 1934 .

Synopsis

This film focuses on the love life of Cleopatra , who first loved Julius Caesar , then his general, Marc Antoine . She committed suicide after the conquest of Egypt by Octavian , the grand-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar .

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Technical sheet

  • Title: Cleopatra
  • Original title: Cleopatra
  • Director: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Script: Bartlett Cormack  (in) , Waldemar Young and Vincent Lawrence
  • Production: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Production Company: Paramount Pictures
  • Photography: Victor Milner , assisted by William C. Mellor (cameraman, uncredited)
  • editing: Anne Bauchens (uncredited)
  • Music: Rudolph G. Kopp and Milan Roder (uncredited)
  • Artistic Direction: Roland Anderson and Hans Dreier (uncredited)
  • Costumes: Travis Banton , Ralph Jensen and Mitchell Leisen
  • Distribution: Paramount Pictures
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Language: English
  • Format: Black and White – Sound: Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
  • Genre: Historical Movie
  • Duration: 100 minutes
  • Release dates:
    •  United States :
    •  France :
    •  United Kingdom :

Distribution

  • Claudette Colbert : Cleopatra
  • Warren William : Julius Caesar
  • Henry Wilcoxon : Marc Antoine
  • Joseph Schildkraut : Herod
  • Ian Keith : Octave
  • Gertrude Michael : Calpurnia
  • Charles Aubrey Smith : Enobardus
  • Irving Pichel : Apollodore
  • Arthur Hohl : Brutus
  • Edwin Maxwell : Casca
  • Ian Maclaren : Cassius
  • Leonard Mudie : Pothinos
  • Grace Durkin : Iras
  • Claudia Dell : Octavia
  • Harry Beresford : The diviner
  • William Farnum : Lepidus
  • Lionel Belmore : Fidius
  • Florence Roberts : Lady Flora
  • Celia Ryland : Lady Leda
  • Robert Warwick : General Achillas
  • George Walsh : A messenger

And, among the uncredited actors:

  • Edmund Burns : A Roman
  • John Carradine : A Roman officer
  • Mary MacLaren : A Roman
  • David Niven : A slave

Around the film

  • This film was nominated for the Oscars in 1934, but was grab the five most beautiful Oscar by the film It Happened One Night of Frank Capra , with Claudette Colbert in leading actress also. Clint Eastwood refers to this ceremony in his film The Exchange ( Changeling ).
  • When Cleopatra came out in 1934, a scent of scandal surrounds the film, caused by the minimalist costumes of actress Claudette Colbert – who revealed much of her anatomy – and by scenes “daring” for the time. The censorship code Hays , whose goal was to put an end to the many scandals tarnishing the image of Hollywood by including restrictions on nudity and violence in the cinema, had just been voted; director Cecil B. DeMille took the opportunity to “spice up” his film as it was still possible 1 , but scenes had to be cut.

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