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Antony and Cleopatra

Alternative title
Maro Antonio y Cleopatra
Synopsis
Feature film version of the play. Ponderous, under-resourced film presented as an epic whose poor reviews prevented its wide distribution.
Language
English
Country
Spain; France; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1972
Duration
160 mins

Credits

Director
Charlton Heston
Producer
Peter Snell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Pamela Davis
Music
Augusto Alegero; John Scott (2)
Costume
Wendy Dickson
Art Direction
Jose Alguero; Jose Maria Alarcon
Cast
Charlton HestonMark Antony
Hildegard NeilCleopatra
John CastleOctavius Caesar
Freddie JonesSextus Pompey
Eric PorterEnobarbus
AlbaAmbassador
Carmen SevillaOctavia
Doug WilmerAgrippa
Emiliano RedondoMardian
Felipe SolanoSoldier
Fernando BilbaoMenecrates
Fernando ReyLepidus
Garrick HaganEros
Jane LapotaireCharmian
Joe MeliaMessenger
John HallamThidias
Jose Manuel MartinGuard
Juan Luis GaliardoAlexas
Julian GloverProculeius
Luis BarbooVarrius
Manolo OteroSentry
Monica PetersonIras
Peter ArneMenas
Roger DelgadoSoothsayer
Sandro GraciaCanidius
Sergio KrumbelMessenger
Warren ClarkeScarus

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Ancient Rome
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Cinema [02/03/1972]

Notes

Notes
Budget $1m
Figures
Gross ESP 39,776,701 (Spain). Admissions 1,098,884 (Spain)
Reviews
Kermode, Frank. New York Review of Books 4 May 1972, pp. 18-21 (in review-article). Crowl, Samuel. ‘A World Elsewhere: The Roman Plays on Film and Television’ in Davies, Shakespeare and the Moving Image: The Plays on Film and Television. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. pp 146-62.

`Neil’s perfect cheekbones and lip gloss do not compensate for a nondescript personality and insensitive verse-speaking, particularly in the build-up to her suicide where she is embarrassingly out-acted by her Charmian’
Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films. (London: BFI, 2007). p. 3.

Released on DVD 2011. The extras include a 33 min film THE MAKING OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (2009) made by Heston’s son, Fraser Heston, who worked as an assistant second unit director on the film. He recounts several stories about the film’s production, describes its roots in his father’s passion for theatre in general and Shakespeare in particular, offers background information on how the film was financed, produced and cast, and touches on several key contributors to the film’s look and sound.

Production Company

Name

Folio Films

Name

Izaro

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

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Name

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