This beautiful movie is a masterpiece. I remember seeing it when I was younger and as a child being rather bored with the elaborate sets and cheesiness of it all but now that I am in my 40s and more refined (cough cough), I am seeing it with a whole new set of eyes.
According to Wikipedia, Cleopatra, made in 1963 is the most expensive movie ever made and was considered a box office failure nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox. It cost 44 million to make and only grossed 26 million. However, it earned 4 Academy Awards!
This was the beginning of Hollywood Royalty in the coupling of Liz Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton Mark Anthony have dramatic chemistry on screen. Seduction, Romance, Power and more. I am a huge Rex Harrison fan and loved him a Cesar. I am unsure why I forgot he was in it but that probably has to do with seeing it as a child and being uninterested.
I was amazed by the sets, the costumes and the multitude of extras that would have been needed as didn't have the digital mastery that we have today.
It is a looong movie (4 hours) and I had to watch it in 6 pieces but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a piece of Hollywood history and everyone should see it at least once.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie for my honest opinion.