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Ancient Egypt & the Near East in Film

Anthony & Cleopatra (1983)

Directed by Lawrence Carra. Cast: Lynn Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, et al. :1-2 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Royster, Francesca T. Becoming Cleopatra : the shifting image of an icon. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Main Stack PN57.C55; R69 2003)
Willson, Robert F., Jr. "Shakespeare and Hollywood: Two Film Cliches." Journal of Popular Film and Television. 15 (2): 83-84. 1987 Summer.

Antony & Cleopatra (TV, 1974)

Royal Shakespeare Company. Cast: Richard Johnson, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart. Producer, Cecil Clarke; director, Jon Scoffield; staged for television by Trevor Nunn. 161 min.
Reviews and articles:Royster, Francesca T. Becoming Cleopatra : the shifting image of an icon. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Main Stack PN57.C55; R69 2003)Willson, Robert F., Jr. "Shakespeare and Hollywood: Two Film Cliches." Journal of Popular Film and Television. 15 (2): 83-84. 1987 Summer.

Caesar and Cleopatra (UK, 1946)

Directed by Gabriel Pascal. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson, Cecil Parker, Anthony Harvey, Stanley Holloway, Leo Genn. Cleopatra was the willful child who became a determined monarch and guided Egypt's fortunes. Caesar was her confidante and lover and the man who helped Cleopatra through her transformation. It was a union that was destined to produce one of history's greatest duos. Based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. 123 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cleopatra (1934)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon. Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt from her ascension to the throne through her struggle for power and her loves and entanglements with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Especially noteworthy are the elaborate sets and the famous "barge scene"--one of the most talked about cinematic effects in film history. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Cleopatra (1963)

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison. Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt from her ascension to the throne through her struggle for power and her loves and entanglements with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. 246 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Royster, Francesca T. Becoming Cleopatra : the shifting image of an icon. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Main Stack PN57.C55; R69 2003)

Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis, James Robertson Justice, Sydney Chaplin, Kerima, Carlo D'Angelo. The Great Pharaoh orders architect Vashtar to build him the highest pyramid in the world as his tomb. 15 years have passed and his treasury is dwindling, so he marries Princess Nellifer, but she is as ruthless as she is beautiful. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Prince of Egypt (1998)

Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells. Voices: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart. A musical animated adaptation of the story of Moses. Two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past grow up the best of friends. But the truth will ultimately set them apart, as one becomes the ruler of a powerful empire, while the other is revealed as the chosen leader of the Jewish people, destined to free them from bondage. 99 min.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton. Sinbad, daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets out to do battle with a Minaton, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte and other assorted creatures in a quest designed to win the hand of a beautiful princess. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Egyptian (1954)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Victor Mature, Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, Gene Tierney, John Carradine, Michael Wilding, Bella Darvi, Edmund Prudom. In this epic set in Egypt more than 30 centuries ago, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played out against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. Based on the novel by Mika Waltari. 139 min.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

Directed by Gordon Hessler. Cast: Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw. Sinbad the sailor finds a strange map and sets sail for a previously uncharted island where he crosses swords with an evil magician who brings inanimate objects to life to oppose Sinbad in his quest. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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