Movie Review Cleopatra

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Movie Review of “Cleopatra” The legendary story of Cleopatra has endured for over two thousand years. Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic movie, “Cleopatra”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison and Richtard Burton depicts the end of Ancient Egypt’s Ptolemaic dynasty with the fall of Cleopatra. Cleopatra was in fact the last of the great the pharaohs of Egypt and it can be said that she was as famous as Elizabeth Taylor who had been chosen to portray the fascinating ruler. Cleopatra was an intelligent woman who was a shrewd leader. She had ruled Egypt for approximately twenty-two years with the help of first Julius Caesar and then Mark Antony. To preserve her dynasty in the face of the looming Roman expansion she recognized that an…show more content…
However, it is questionable if Mark Antony’s excessive use of wine can be substantiated. This allegation probably may have been perpetuated by Romans because he seemed to be under Cleopatra’s power. In fact, a status of Mark Antony is located in Vienna showing him as a debauched drunkard. One of the most famous historical events is the assassination of Julius Caesar by some his trusted Senators fearing that he wanted to be king. This event has been recorded in numerous historical accounts about Caesar’s death. The movie correctly illustrates when, why and how he was killed. The movie shows that Caesar is stabbed on the ides of March (or March 15th) and is killed by a group of Senators including his trusted friends, Brutus and Cassius. This event is corroborated by both Rodgers and Schiff who describe his death at the hands of a faction of Senators. Perhaps one of the most legendary moments of Cleopatra is her death. In his movie, Mankiewicz chose to include the widely assumed version of her death where she commits suicide by allowing an asp to bit her and is laid out in her royal clothes. When Octavian and his men reach her, she is dead. They ask her servant, “Was this well done of your lady”. Cleopatra’s servant answers, “'Extremely well”. This movie scene seems to follow the description provided by Plutarch, the Greek Philosopher in his writings on the “Life of Antony”. Plutarch writes that Cleopatra had a letter with her seal sent to

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