Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cleopatra (1912)

Somebody over on the TCM boards was asking about a shorter version of the Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra; apparently, the original theatrical release was shorter than what's available now. I don't think I've sat down and watched the whole four hours end-to-end in one go, so I wouldn't quite know, and I wasn't around for the original release anyway.

So I thought about the silent Cleopatra. It turns out that Theda Bara's 1917 Cleopatra is one of those lost movies, unless a version turns up in a mental hospital or somebody's attic or something. However, there was an even earlier version, from 1912, which is available on Youtube since it's in the public domain:

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