“Caesar and Cleopatra” starts well enough and continues on firm ground through its first act in dramatizing the life of human immortals as portrayed by living legends.
Director: Gabriel Pascal
Recensie Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), een film van Gabriel Pascal met Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson
Up to the time it was released in 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra was the most expensive British film ever made. It was as though the British cinema was trying to show America it could do a DeMille like epic as good as Cecil B. DeMille or anyone else from Hollywood.
Caesar, the refined patrician, lecturing a school-girl Cleopatra and tut-tutting her Tom Brown of a brother. “Teetatota” as the family retainer, better than anybody else who comes to call. And Brittanicus, always there to be sure the “civilized” point is driven home.
A very different playwright, George Bernard Shaw, wrote about the love affair between Caesar and Cleopatra during the early Twentieth Century, and that play formed the basis for the 1945 film that features Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh in the title roles.
D uring his conquest of Egypt, Julius Caesar takes time off to soliloquise beside the great Sphinx. As he does so, he is beguiled by a young woman of extraordinary beauty. The woman is Cleopatra, joint heir to the throne of Egypt with her brother, Ptolemy.
Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Some scenes were directed by Brian Desmond Hurst who took no formal credit. It was adapted from the play Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) by George Bernard Shaw.
Directed by: Gabriel Pascal
Caesar and Cleopatra is a disappointment. In spite of its prodigal magnificence, indeed because of its production values, such vague story interest as it has is hopelessly swamped.