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CLEOPATRA

7:40

Sunday, December 17

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison

(1963) Tabloid scandals about the off-screen hanky-panky of stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton overshadowed the gigantic sets, lavish costumes, Mankiewicz’s politically sophisticated and comparison-avoiding script (Burton’s funeral oration is drowned out by crowd noises), and Rex Harrison’s outright theft of the picture as the slyest of Julius Caesars. DCP. Approx. 243 min. 

Reviews

“The most difficult three pictures I ever made”
– Mankiewicz

“The erotic passion of An­tony and Cleopatra and the intense bond between Taylor and Burton…is as entrancing in the movie’s drama as it was in life.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker