This colossal and opulent spectacular was epic in every sense – an epic investment, and epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) meets up with Caesar (Rex Harrison), and plans to lure him to her boudoir in order to forge an alliance.
When he's killed, Cleopatra is left without an ally, so when Roman general Mark Antony (Richard Burton) comes along, she seduces him in the hope that he will become her new protector. Featuring lavish set and costume design, Taylor and Burton are perfectly cast as the doomed lovers.
See Hollywood’s lavish interpretation of this pivotal period in Egyptian history, and then visit The Tomb exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland to view objects from the burials of a wealthy family who lived through the reign of Cleopatra and witnessed Egypt’s conquest by Rome.
Joseph Mankiewicz | UK/USA/Switzerland | 1963
Images: Scenes from Cleopatra film © Park Circus