- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Library Binding: 48 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (September 27, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688104142
- ISBN-13: 978-0688104146
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 528 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,284,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cleopatra Library Binding – September 27, 1994
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About the Author
Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.
Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. dianestanleybooks.com.
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Full of powerful dialog ...
Octavian: "Is that how one says it? As simply as that. 'Mark Antony is dead. Lord Antony is dead.' 'The soup is hot; the soup is cold.' 'Antony is living; Antony is dead.' 'Shake with terror when such words pass your lips, for fear they be untrue and Antony'd cut out your tongue for the lie! And if true, for your lifetime boast that you were honored to speak his name even in death. The dying of such a man, must be shouted, screamed! It must echo back from the corners of the universe. "Antony is dead! Mark Antony of Rome lives no more!"
... & witty humor ...
Julius Caesar: "Two hours until dawn. We will hold where we are."
Agrippa: "And what happens at dawn?"
Julius Caesar: "I thought you knew. The sun comes up."
Bought this for a friend who doesn't have Blu-ray. The day the Blu-ray copy came available was the day I bought a Blu-ray player.
Perhaps the best thing I can say about this film is my initial experience. Went to a theater to see it in '63 ... when the filmed ended I was so stunned that I never left my seat. For the first & only time ever, I sat through the second showing of a film. The movie is 4+ hours long so I stayed glued to my seat for over 8 hours ... 'nuff said!
When CLEOPATRA was released in 1963 it was the most expensive movie ever made up to that time, and probably still is in today's adjusted dollars. Yet, even with its massive scope and opulence, CLEOPATRA's human story doesn't get buried. This is due to the intelligent script and direction, both courtesy of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and to the excellent performances of everyone in the cast, from leading to supporting players. Elizabeth Taylor is pure perfection as the ambitious, seductive Queen of the Nile who uses her wiles to achieve her goals. She's breathtakingly beautiful, oozing with sexuality, and brainy to boot. It's simply one of Liz's best EVER. As Marc Antony, Richard Burton delivers a super-charged performance that's in total harmony with the character's complexities and grandeur of the film. He also includes plenty of his characteristic sarcasm and self-loathing, without which a Burton performance would be incomplete. The fact that he and Taylor fell in love during production worked to good advantage toward fueling the on-screen drama. In his superb portrayal of Julius Caesar, Rex Harrison brought a distinguished, world-weariness and vulnerability to the role that's so potent, his presence is felt even in the second half in which he doesn't appear. A standout is Roddy McDowall as Octavian - he's really a lot of fun to watch and almost steals every scene he's in.
The screenplay was based on several sources and takes some historical license, but most of it is factual and the political situation that existed between Rome and Egypt at the time is accurately and intricately played out. Indeed, it's fair to say that one can learn something about the ancient world from watching CLEOPATRA. Noteworthy too is that with a running time of four hours and eleven minutes, the narrative is remarkably tight. There aren't any redundant scenes or silly diversions thrown in just to eat up footage; all the action has a definite purpose, which is to serve the story. THIS is how a long movie should be made.
Not to be overlooked is Alex North's lavishly exotic musical score. While it contains the necessary epic style - plenty of pomp and grandiose fanfares - the score is also multi-layered with delicately orchestrated themes. There's a slinky, snake-like quality to the music that fits the film like an Egyptian headdress.
The art direction/set decoration and costume designs are spectacular, among the best in film history and add immensely to the viewing pleasure. In fact, CLEOPATRA won Oscars in those categories as well as for cinematography and special effects.
20th Century Fox's Blu-ray edition of this phenomenal film is flat-out gorgeous. The image is razor sharp so that the most minute details in fabrics and backgrounds register clearly. Colors are rock steady and vibrant. The 70mm format is reproduced faithfully in 1080p resolution. It really is a joy to watch this stunning presentation of such a visually rich movie. The audio is also the best it's ever been, well balanced and channeled properly so that voices are crisp and sound effects aren't overbearing. The music is clear without any distortions, making the subtler textures, muffled in previous editions, more noticeable.
The extras are the same as Fox's 2001 DVD, minus the stills gallery and foreign issue trailers. There are, however, some new features: Cleopatra Through the Ages: A Cultural History; CLEOPATRA's Missing Footage; Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rotham; and The CLEOPATRA Papers: A Private Correspondence.
With the release of CLEOPATRA the era of grand scale, epic filmmaking was coming to an end, never to rise again. Treat yourself to a sterling example of the kind of high class entertainment Hollywood was capable of dishing out once upon a time - it'll make you forget the gossip and marvel in the artistry.
My highest recommendation.
CLEOPATRA (UK/USA-1963) was a legendary "flop" that won 4 Oscars, ran to full houses for months and eventually earned back its enormous cost. A bloated $44 million budget is still one of the highest ever (in 2011 dollars "Cleo" cost $300 million!).
In recent years the film has gained in popularity (see its IMDb rating). Although the story is often historically inaccurate and moves slowly in spots, this one's also consistently lavish, glamorous, bigger than life and everything a Hollywood epic used to be but is no more. If you like sprawling romantic costume dramas, you're sure to enjoy CLEOPATRA! (Highly recommended.)
We see here the initial sparks between Burton and Taylor that led to Liz's divorce from crooner Eddie Fisher (the poor guy was on the set watching as his wife strayed), and to a pair of tumultous Liz and Dïck marriages. For all her glitter and allure, Rex Harrison commands the screen when he's up against the formidable Taylor.
Supporting cast includes Hume Cronyn, Martin Landau and Roddy McDowall.
Long-time British stage actor Laurence Naismith (Arachesilaus) portrayed Merlyn in the '67 film adaptation of CAMELOT.
Desmond Llewlyn (Senator) was "Q" in 16 James Bond thrillers.
Carroll O'Connor (Casca), is best known as TV's Archie Bunker.
Finley Currie (Titus), a commanding presence on screen, was Balthazar in and narrator of William Wyler's version of BEN HUR (1959).
Jeremy Kemp (Agitator) played German pilot George Peppard's aristocratic rival in THE BLUE MAX (1966).
Calvin Lockhart (unspecified) was a familiar face in such '70s blaxploitation films as UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT,COTTON COMES TO HARLEM,LET'S DO IT AGAIN,GET CHRISTIE LOVE! and HONEYBABY, HONEYBABY.