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Cleopatra (1963) 
Cleopatra review
2/4 stars

The epic picture revolves around Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor), Mark Antony (Richard Burton), Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and Octavian (Roddy McDowall). The 243 minute movie was lengthy, extravagant and at times a chore to watch. For history buffs this would be a treat despite of some exaggerations with the facts. On the positive side, as one of the most expensive productions ever ($44 million that time) it boasts of gorgeous sets, massive set pieces and thousands of extras. One of the best lines: "Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!" This could have been at par with Ben-Hur if given the right direction and screenwriter. Cleopatra maybe massive and multi-awarded, its entertainment value and lasting legacy however doesn't impress.


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