Cleopatra


2h 5m 1917

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 14, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.; Fox Standard Picture
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Antony and Cleopatra (London, ca. 1606-07, published 1623) by William Shakespeare and his play Julius Caesar (London, 1599, published 1623) and the play Cléopâtre by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau (Paris, 23 Oct 1890) and other historical works.

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

Synopsis

Leading his conquering forces into Egypt, Julius Caesar falls madly in love with Cleopatra and the two rule Egypt jointly. When Caesar is assassinated after having returned to Rome to be crowned king of the civilized world, Mark Antony journeys to Egypt to secure Cleopatra's submission to the ruling triumvirate in Rome. Although Antony and Cleopatra are passionately in love, Antony returns to Rome and marries Octavia, sister of Octavius, to cement the triumvirate politically. When he discovers that Cleopatra still loves him, Antony joins forces with her but is vanquished by the forces of Octavius at Actium. Antony stabs himself, and when Cleopatra learns of his death, she applies a venomous asp to her breast and dies.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 14, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.; Fox Standard Picture
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Antony and Cleopatra (London, ca. 1606-07, published 1623) by William Shakespeare and his play Julius Caesar (London, 1599, published 1623) and the play Cléopâtre by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau (Paris, 23 Oct 1890) and other historical works.

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

Quotes

Trivia

According to the studio, this film cost $500,000 to produce and 2,000 people were employed behind the scenes.

The last two prints known were destroyed in fires at the Fox studios and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Please check your attic.

A few feet of this film were turned over to the George Eastman House by a private collector.

Notes

This film, which is believed to have been lost, is included on the American Film Institute's "Ten Most Wanted" list. It had its premiere in New York on October 14, 1917. Other films in which the character Cleopatra is featured include: the 1934 Paramount film Cleopatra, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert; the 1953 Columbia film Serpent of the Nile, directed by William Castle and starring Rhonda Fleming; and the 1963 Twentieth Century-Fox film Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor.