Caesar and Cleopatra (film)
|Caesar and Cleopatra|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gabriel Pascal|
|Produced by||Gabriel Pascal|
|Written by||George Bernard Shaw|
|Running time||123 minutes|
|Box office||$2.2 million|
Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British, Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was adapted from a 1901 play, Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw. The film was produced by Independent Producers, Pascal Film Productions and Eagle-Lion Distributors.
In this philosophical coming-of-age film, an aging Julius Caesar takes possession of the Egyptian capital city of Alexandria, and tries to resolve a feud between young Princess Cleopatra and her younger brother Ptolemy. During the resulting sometimes-murderous court-intrigues, Caesar develops a special relationship with Cleopatra, and teaches her how to use her royal power.
Pascal ordered sand from Egypt to get the right cinematic color. The production also ran into delays due to being filmed during World War II. During the shoot Vivien Leigh tripped and miscarried. Teenage Roger Moore was an extra in the film.
The film was described as a "box office stinker" at the time, and virtually ended Pascal's career. It was the first Shaw film made in color, and the last film version of a Shaw play during his lifetime. After Shaw's death in 1950 Pascal went on to produce one more Shaw film, the 1952 version of Androcles and the Lion.
- Claude Rains - Julius Caesar, Roman conqueror.
- Vivien Leigh - Cleopatra, young queen of Egypt.
- Stewart Granger - Apollodorus, a patrician amateur of the arts.
- Flora Robson - Ftatateeta, Cleopatra's nurse.
- Francis L. Sullivan - Pothinus, Egyptian courtier, tutor and guardian of Cleopatra's brother Ptolemy XIII.
- Basil Sydney - Rufio, Roman general
- Cecil Parker - Britannus, Brittanic slave to Caesar.
- Stanley Holloway - Belzanor
- Raymond Lovell - Lucius Septimus, Roman occupier of Egypt.
- Ernest Thesiger - Theodotus, Greek savant.
- Anthony Harvey - Ptolemy, child king of Egypt
- Jean Simmons - Harpist
- Michael Rennie - Quayside Centurion
- Ronald Shiner - Second Porter
- Roger Moore - Extra (uncredited)
- Jay S.Steinberg, 'Caesar and Cleopatra', Turner Classic Movies
- "NY Times: Caesar and Cleopatra". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "Noteworthy Films Made In U.K.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 17 January 1953. p. 27. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) home video review, Turner Classic Movies
- The Great British Films, pp 97-101, Jerry Vermilye, 1978, Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-0661-X
- Caesar and Cleopatra (film) at AllRovi
- Caesar and Cleopatra (film) at the BFI Film & TV Database
- Caesar and Cleopatra at the Internet Movie Database
- Caesar and Cleopatra at the TCM Movie Database
- Movie Production Stills 1
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- Trailer for Caesar and Cleopatra (Video)
- Gabriel Pascal directs Shaw's 'Caesar and Cleopatra' 1945 (Newsreel)
- Film Facts
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