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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that location scenes had been completed late that week at Balboa Beach, CA, where an elaborate set was built for a battle scene. The company returned to the Fox Studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA, for a banquet scene, which included lions, tigers, leopards, and other exotic animals.
       This film, which is believed to have been lost, is included on the American Film Institute's "Ten Most Wanted" list. It had its premiere in New York on 14 Oct 1917. Other films in which the character "Cleopatra" is featured include: the 1934 Paramount film Cleopatra, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert; the 1953 Columbia film Serpent of the Nile, directed by William Castle and starring Rhonda Fleming; and the 1963 Twentieth Century-Fox film Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor (see entries). ...

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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that location scenes had been completed late that week at Balboa Beach, CA, where an elaborate set was built for a battle scene. The company returned to the Fox Studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA, for a banquet scene, which included lions, tigers, leopards, and other exotic animals.
       This film, which is believed to have been lost, is included on the American Film Institute's "Ten Most Wanted" list. It had its premiere in New York on 14 Oct 1917. Other films in which the character "Cleopatra" is featured include: the 1934 Paramount film Cleopatra, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert; the 1953 Columbia film Serpent of the Nile, directed by William Castle and starring Rhonda Fleming; and the 1963 Twentieth Century-Fox film Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor (see entries).

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Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310
Motion Picture News
3 Nov 1917
p. 3134
Motog
3 Nov 1917
p. 940
Moving Picture World
3 Nov 1917
p. 708
New York Times
2 Sep 1917
p. 26
Wid's
18 Oct 1917
pp. 663-64
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LITERARY
Based on the plays Antony and Cleopatra (London, ca. 1606-07, published 1623) and Julius Caesar (London, 1599, published 1623) by William Shakespeare, the play Cléopâtre by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau (Paris, 23 Oct 1890), and other historical works.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 October 1917
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 14 Oct 1917
Production Date:
summer 1917
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
14 October 1917
LP11579
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Leading his conquering forces into Egypt, Julius Caesar falls madly in love with Cleopatra and the two rule Egypt jointly. When Caesar is assassinated after having returned to Rome to be crowned king of the civilized world, Mark Antony journeys to Egypt to secure Cleopatra's submission to the ruling triumvirate in Rome. Although Antony and Cleopatra are passionately in love, Antony returns to Rome and marries Octavia, sister of Octavius, to cement the triumvirate politically. When he discovers that Cleopatra still loves him, Antony joins forces with her but is vanquished by the forces of Octavius at Actium. Antony stabs himself, and when Cleopatra learns of his death, she applies a venomous asp to her breast and ...

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Leading his conquering forces into Egypt, Julius Caesar falls madly in love with Cleopatra and the two rule Egypt jointly. When Caesar is assassinated after having returned to Rome to be crowned king of the civilized world, Mark Antony journeys to Egypt to secure Cleopatra's submission to the ruling triumvirate in Rome. Although Antony and Cleopatra are passionately in love, Antony returns to Rome and marries Octavia, sister of Octavius, to cement the triumvirate politically. When he discovers that Cleopatra still loves him, Antony joins forces with her but is vanquished by the forces of Octavius at Actium. Antony stabs himself, and when Cleopatra learns of his death, she applies a venomous asp to her breast and dies.

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