Rent Cleopatra (1934)

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Synopsis:
A pre-code film that sneaked onto screens just as the censorious Hays Office began cracking down on Hollywood's racier propositions, Cleopatra is a libertine paean to decadence and depravity that can still send a viewer's mind reeling and pulse thumping - all courtesy of the Golden Age's swampiest psychosexual auteur, Cecil B. DeMille. Claudette Colbert presides over the most outrageous spectacle this side of The Scarlet Empress as the eponymous pharaoh queen who speeds from Julius Caesar (Warren William) to Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon), from Egypt to Rome, from war-room to bedroom...
The whiff of incense permeates every scene, with each connected to the next in a veritable matrix of whips, blindfolds, and bindings - the crazed arrangement laying bare all the fetish inklings of the moving-picture dream. Lavishly produced with some of the most inspired waxing-moon photography and unwholesome set-design to come out of the studio system, DeMille's film is an erotic tour-de-force that obliges us to re-examine the appeal of this most popular of Hollywood directors.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Cecil B. De Mille
Voiced By:
John Carradine
Writers:
Bartlett Cormack, Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence
Others:
Anne Bauchens, Victor Milner, Franklin B. Hansen, Cullen Tate
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Awards:

1935 Oscar Best Cinematography

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2012
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary by film critic and scholar F.X. Feeney
  • 11-minute documentary on director Cecil B. DeMille
  • 10-minute documentary on star Claudette Colbert
  • 10-minute documentary on the Production Code era
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary by film critic and scholar F.X. Feeney
  • 11-minute documentary on director Cecil B. DeMille
  • 10-minute documentary on star Claudette Colbert
  • 10-minute documentary on the Production Code era

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