Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb

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Directed by Georges Méliès
Produced by Georges Méliès
Written by Georges Méliès
Starring Georges Méliès
Jeanne d'Alcy
Cinematography Georges Méliès
Release date
  • 1899 (1899)
Running time
2 minutes
Country France
Language Silent

Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb (French: Cléopâtre, literally Cleopatra) was an 1899 short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. One of the earliest horror films ever made, it is about resurrecting the mummy of Cleopatra. In it, a man chops the mummy of Cleopatra into pieces, and then "produces a woman from a smoking brazier." [1]

While today director Méliès is more known for his iconic film A Trip to the Moon, it was this film which caught the attention of producer Charles Urban, who released the film in America (under the title Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb; its English release was simply titled Cleopatra's Tomb) and subsequently distributed many of Méliès other films.[1]

This is a lost film. A print was once reported to have been discovered in France on 22 September 2005.[2] However, it later turned out that this was a different film (that happened to involve the robbing of an Egyptian-looking tomb as well).[3]


  1. ^ a b Guran, Paula (2007). "Chapter 13: The Mummy". In Joshi, S. T. Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares (Volume 1). Greenwood Press. p. 389. ISBN 978-0313337802. 
  2. ^ "Lost 106-Year-Old Movie Discovered". MovieWeb. 22 September 2005. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Trivia for Cleopatra (1899)". IMDB. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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