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Ancient Civilizations in Film

Ben-Hur (1959)

Director, William Wyler. Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott. The story of a Jewish nobleman, set in the time of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity. 281 min. ; also ; pt. 1-2 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cabiria (Italy, 1914)

Directed by Giovanni Pastrone. Cast: Letizia Catena, Letizia Quaranta, Gina Marangoni, Bartolomeo Pagano, Italia Mazini. The personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films, plus a history of the making of the film Cabiria. Based on Cabiria by Gabriele d'Annunzio. 123 min.

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

Caligula (Italy / USA, 1979)

Directed by Tinto Brass. Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Adriana Asti. Portrays the decadence and debauchery that marked the reign of the Roman emperor Caligula from 37-41 A.D. The details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed: his unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, and his fiendishly inventive means of disposing of those who would oppose him. 156 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Directed by Desmond Davis. Cast: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, Sian Phillips, Flora Robson, Laurence Olivier. Perseus is the mortal son of Zeus, who sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing beloved Andromeda from the wrath the goddess Thetis. Perils await Perseus time and again. In order to fufill his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa, and answering riddles. Special features: "A conversation with Ray Harryhausen" featurette; "Myths and monsters" gallery; theatrical trailer.

Clash of the Titans (UK | USA, 2010)

Directed by Louis Leterrier. Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Jason Flemyng. When Hades, the god of the underworld, takes his family, Perseus embarks on a mission to defeat him before he can seize ultimate power and unleash hell on earth. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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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)

Coriolanus (1951)

William Shakespeare. Live television adaptation of Coriolanus in modern dress. The settings of ancient Rome are turned into Fascist Italy. Featuring Richard Greene, Judith Evelyn, Richard Purdy, Tom Poston. 145 min.

Coriolanus (1963)

William Shakespeare. BBC production, 1983. Cast: Anthony Pedley, Foss Ackland, Irene Worth, Teddy Kempner, Alan Howard, Peter Sands. 60 min.

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