CLEOPATRA, 1934, Paramount (Universal), 100 min. Mogul and architect of epics, Cecil B. DeMille weaves a historical tapestry poised somewhere between high camp and outlandish spectacle, directing the scintillating Claudette Colbert in her youthful prime as the wily Egyptian queen. A naughty pre-Code product, the film boasts an array of scandalous costumes. With Warren William as Julius Caesar and Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony.
Discussion following with renowned biographer Scott Eyman, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin.
There will also be a booksigning of Eyman’s Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, the first authorized biography of DeMille.
Added by AmericanCinematheque on August 26, 2010