Cleopatra REDUX

Restored copy was shown at Cannes
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

During one of the tamer scenes of “Cleopatra” Elizabeth Taylor’s Queen of the Nile leads Julius Caesar to the tomb of Alexander the Great. Staring down at the (pretend) grave of Western Civilization’s greatest conqueror, what could Taylor be thinking? Is she thinking “Amateur!”? What Alexander tried and failed to take with force – the entire world – Taylor was accomplishing that moment with ... more >