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Antony and Cleopatra

  • Genres: Historical Film, Tragedy


First filmed in France in 1903, William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra was given a lavish screen treatment in this 1913 Italian adaptation. Though the name of the actress who played Cleopatra is not known, Antonio Novelli was prominently billed as Marc Antony. The actors perform operatically, their every gesture geared to the last row in the balcony. Even in her death throes, Cleopatra manages to perform a brief dance for the benefit of the "tired businessmen" in the audience. While the acting is...more