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Biography: Cleopatra- Destiny's Queen (A&E Archives)


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She used her beauty and cunning to rule a mighty civilization and to subdue the world's most powerful men. She was the woman no man could resist, but what drove her to commit suicide at such a young age? Cleopatra was the most powerful woman of the ancient world. Already a temptress at age twelve, she offered herself as a gift to Julius Caesar, then used his influence to capture the Egyptian throne form her brother. Later, when the powerful Marc Antony summoned her to Tarsus, she arrived on a river barge dressed up as the goddess Venus. This fascinating portrait of the Queen of the Nile traces her short life, from her noble birth to her legendary suicide. Ancient records combined with modern re-enactments and computer-generated graphics bring her remarkable story to life. This is the definitive look at the glamorous, passionate and manipulative queen who has beguiled us for 2,000 years.

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  • Actors: Cleopatra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R5NY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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I really like this documentary on Cleopatra. The intrigue of the power struggle in the late Roman Republic is fascinating, and makes me thankful I don't live in that kind of environment. I like how A & E Biography documentaries try to find some positive characteristic to focus on about a person at the end, even if the person's life had lots of tragedy and the person wasn't all-around admirable. For Cleopatra, the documentary compliments her dedication to keeping her nation intact. The documentary is narrated by Karen Allen, who played Indiana Jones's love interest Marion. The maps, art, academic commentators, narration, reenactment shots, and music are balanced well. There's a lot of complicated treachery, ulterior motives, and diplomacy in this story, and with a story this rich, I think Cleopatra was a natural choice for an epic movie of Hollywood's "spectacle" era (1963 with Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra). Julius Caesar lost his life to assassination partly because of Rome's discomfort with her foreign culture, and Marc Antony's deep bond with her was a major contributor in his undoing, resulting in his rival Octavian becoming Caesar Augustus, the first emperor (made more famous by the Jesus nativity story). The documentary presents her as a woman whose sometimes ruthless acts were motivated by the climate around her, including her younger brother's advisers who opposed her rule and the Hitler-like treachery of Rome, all of which fostered distrust and vengeance. I like that it explains her without trying to overanalyze her or determine whether she was more good or more bad. The narration is very well written and carefully connects her motives with the events of Rome, so that it feels like one story instead of two. It also differentiates what she is "said" to have been with what is known.
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By cfisher on August 31, 2013
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this dvd it full of great information obout cleopatra,,, good to watch...explain where she came, linage, family, child so forth....

explains her life and people from rome...

the information let you know why and how she did what she did...great...

i recomment folks to buy this.....it's a great watch....oh you have to get this....i loved it....
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One of the worst and most inaccurate biographies out there. Not worth watching in any level. Ages of the major players aren't always correct. Events are mostly fictionalised. Certainly not a biography to take as history.
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This is a very interesting and informative DVD about a very unique woman. Her story is so basic and so powerful that it becomes obvious why she still fascinates us today.
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