CLEOPATRA: Introduction by Foster Hirsch, Shelley Wanger & Stephanie Wanger (Recorded June 11, 2013)
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
introduced by Shelley Wanger & Stephanie Guest
(1963, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) Tabloid scandals about the offscreen hanky-panky of stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton overshadowed the gigantic sets, lavish costumes (and even Liz’s record-setting cleavage), 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. Complete 248 min. “Roadshow” version (plus intermission). DCP.
Introduced by Shelley Wanger and Stephanie Guest, daughters of producer Walter Wanger, co-writer with Joe Hyams of My Life With Cleopatra: The Making of a Hollywood Classic.
A 50th anniversary edition has been published by Vintage Books. Copies will be on sale at our concession tonight.
“The most difficult three pictures I ever made.” – Mankiewicz