- Actores: Charlton Heston, Fernando Rey, Carmen Sevilla, Juan Luis Galiardo, Hildegarde Neil
- Directores: Charlton Heston
- Productores: Peter Snell
- Formato: Color, DVD, PAL, Pantalla ancha
- Audio: Inglés (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Castellano (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Subtítulos: Castellano
- Región: Región 2 (Más información sobre Formatos de DVD.)
- Relación de aspecto: 2.35:1
- Número de discos: 1
- Calificación española (ICAA): No recomendada para menores de 13 años
- Estudio: Vértice Cine S.L.U.
- Fecha de lanzamiento: 25 mar 2009
- Duración: 123 minutos
- ASIN: B00389XLAQ
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº56.658 en Películas y TV (Ver el Top 100 en Películas y TV)
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Marco Antonio Y Cleopatra [DVD]
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Cuatro años después del asesinato de Julio César, Roma está regida por un triunvirato. Marco Antonio, Lépido y Octavio. Durante una campaña militar en el norte de África, Marco Antonio ha conocido a Cleopatra y se ha enamorado de ella, olvidándose de que su esposa, Fulvia, y su hermano Lucio han sido expulsados de Italia. Octavio no está de acuerdo con las relaciones que mantienen Marco Antonio y Cleopatra.
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Act I, sc i: Cleopatra's lines from "Nay, hear them, Antony" to "The messengers!" The perceptive viewers must have noticed that Antony was suddenly wearing a pearl necklace when he says "Let Rome in Tiber melt, ..." which was not there seconds earlier. It was wound by Cleopatra while speaking those lines.
Act I, sc iii, the leave-taking scene with Cleopatra (quite a big chunk)
Act I, sc v, Alexas's appearance "Sovereign of Egypt, hail!" etc.
Prelude to part 2 (I never heard this, but it is on the soundtrack album: 1 min 31 sec.)
Whoever was responsible for that, one must have thought nobody would notice but there are some still around who saw the film when the it was first released and even remember it well.
14 minutes may not sound much but the cut is devastating for the Cleopatra character, making her utterly uninteresting, particularly at her first appearance, and it makes the first one-thirds of the film so dull. One wonders why Antony didn't stick with Octavia and retain half the Roman world. Poor Hildegarde Neil whose better scenes were so callously cut! Surely it would take a greater actress than Neil to play this part convincingly. Heston himself was not terribly happy with her even while shooting but she was the "best girl available" to him (or affordable, perhaps). However, even though "the critics' wrath" was "concentrated on her", he did not think she was so bad. (From his journals, "Actor's life" 1978.)
Of course I've read all the plays of Shakespeare at least two times and some many times over including this one. The problem with me is that I don't much like it - particularly the portrayal of Cleopatra. I cannot imagine her to be the queen of one of the richest country of the ancient world, but merely a crafty woman in the art of love, and in the end what induced her to die was more the prospect of shame than the bereavement by Antony. Surely one cannot blame her or Shakespeare for that. Besides, the art of love was what she exercised as statecraft since the time with Julius Caesar. However, this is no place to discuss that. To be honest I prefer Mankiewicz's Cleopatra to Shakespeare's!
I thought this film would never come out on DVD, but it did after a long wait: 39 years since when I saw it in the local cinema. What a shame that it came out in such a poor presentation! The cut is unpardonable and but more disappointing is the sound: so much tape noise as one seldom hears on DVDs, certainly never from major studios. My ancient soundtrack album sounds much better, and in stereo as well.
Otherwise the film is better than I remembered. I was rather surprised that those lines could be spoken naturally. I thought then that Heston overplayed a bit, but now I see that he rather underplayed. The problem at least for me is that he is hardly convincing as Antony the Drunkard and Antony the Debauchee, although normally credible as a leader of men; in this case a blundering general finally deserted by his men. I leave the praise for the supporting players like Eric Porter, John Castle, etc. to other reviewers. It is ironic and sad that this should be released on the same day as the latest edition of The Ten Commandments that has received the maximum treatment. I would have gladly waited more for a better really uncut one in Blu-ray.
I would give 4 stars to this film were it not for the unpardonable cut.