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Cleopatra (1963)

The ancient Egyptian queen, Cleopatra falls for two men, the older, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and the war hero Marc Antony. But Cleopatra’s quest for love and power may cost her the Egyptian empire as well as a tragic fate. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “Cleopatra”.

· When Cleopatra is talking to Sosigenes about Caesar’s epileptic condition, a front view of the two of them shows Sosigenes’ left arm folded against him while he writes with his right hand (he’s holding a white pen). The scene cuts to a right side view of Sosigenes when Cleopatra starts to speak and his left arm is elevated in front of him, near his chin. He is then shown clasping his hands together.

· Also during the scene when Cleopatra is talking to Sosigenes, there is a stand on the table to the left of the screen (near Sosigenes’ right arm). The stand is covered with a white cloth during the scene. But a few moments later, when the guard comes to tell Cleopatra about the fire, the far view shows the stand is still there but the cloth is gone!

· When Marc Antony tells Caesar that the Senate is prepared to make him King but with certain stipulations, Caesar sits down at his desk. There is a golden scepter on the desk, near his right arm. However, the scepter switches positions between views. Not only does it move closer to the box on the desk between shots, but, in the back views of Caesar, the scepter is not there. It’s on the opposite side, on his left near the wooden box.

· Antony is going to meet Cleopatra. He is riding in a caravan/carriage being carried through the streets with red drapes surrounding it. In the first view of Antony acknowledging the cheering crowd, the drapes on the opposite side of him, to his right are closed. But in the very next view, they’re open!

“Cleopatra” (1963) stars Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall and Pamela Brown. It runs 192 minutes and is unrated.


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