5.1/10
386
21 user 2 critic

Cleopatra (1912)

Unrated | | Drama, History | 13 November 1912 (USA)
The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ulimately disastrous for both of them.

Director:

Charles L. Gaskill

Writer:

Victorien Sardou (adapted from the play by)
Reviews

On TV

Airs Mon. Sep. 30, 12:45 AM on TCM

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Cleopatra (1917)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Director: J. Gordon Edwards
Stars: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall
Way Down East (1920)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Mrs. David Landau
Cleopatra (1934)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Cabiria (1914)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Part Two of Louis Feuillade's 5 1/2-hour epic follows FantÃ'mas, the criminal lord of Paris, master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black, as he is pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James
Documentary | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A film crew documents a folk story-exquisite corpse combination by random Thai people; the story is reenacted.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Stars: Djuangjai Hirunsri, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Saisiri Xoomsai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A WWI vet takes on the KKK when he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman.

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Thomas Meighan, Evelyn Brent, Renée Adorée
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors; roommates at the Fraternity; and star teammates on the USC Football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Elliott Nugent, Robert Montgomery, Cliff Edwards
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In an attempt to discover the composition of meteors, three astronauts are sent out into space in three specially designed rockets. Their mission is to capture a meteor and bring it to ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Carlson, Herbert L. Strock
Stars: William Lundigan, Herbert Marshall, Richard Carlson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Grace hastily marries a French aristocrat during WWII, but is separated by circumstance from him for almost nine years. And when reunited, Charles's philandering causes them to divorce and ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Rossano Brazzi, Maurice Chevalier
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Gardner ... Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt (as Miss Gardner)
Pearl Sindelar ... Iras - An Attendant (as Miss Sindelar)
Miss Fielding Miss Fielding ... Charmian - An Attendant
Miss Robson Miss Robson ... Octavia - Wife of Antony
Helene Costello ... Nicola - a Child (as Miss Helene)
Charles Sindelar Charles Sindelar ... Antony - a Triumvir and General (as Mr. Sindelar)
Mr. Howard Mr. Howard ... Pharon - a Greek Slave and Fisherman
James R. Waite James R. Waite ... Venditius - a Roman Soldier (as Mr. Waite)
Mr. Osborne Mr. Osborne ... Diomedes - a Rich Egyptian (as Mr. Osborn)
Harry Knowles Harry Knowles ... Kephren - Captain of the Guards to the Queen (as Harley Knowles)
Mr. Paul Mr. Paul ... Octavius - a Triumvir and General
Mr. Brady Mr. Brady ... Serapian - an Egyptian Priest
Mr. Corker Mr. Corker ... Ixias - Servant to Ventidius
Edit

Storyline

When she discovers that a slave named Pharon professes his love for her, Cleopatra makes a bargain with him: she will give him ten days of "love," at the end of which he is to commit suicide. He agrees, although the queen's handmaiden Iras, in love with the slave, isn't happy with the arrangement. Later when Cleopatra is seducing Marc Antony, her relationship with Pharon is used against her, but with little effect. She allies herself with Antony against Octavius, participates in a brief war, then meets her end rather than be subjected to Roman rule. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra: The Romance of a Woman and a Queen See more »

Filming Locations:

Tappan, New York, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

William Shakespeare's play was produced in London circa 1606-7; Victorien Sardou's play, "Cléopatre", opened in Paris on 23 October 1890. See more »

Quotes

Pharon - a Greek Slave and Fisherman: You may kill me, Queen, but the love in my soul for you will never perish!
Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt: If I let you live - and love me - ten days, will you swear then to destroy yourself?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Certain stage traditions originally founded in ignorance and preserved after they became traditions, have not been considered; the object of the Director has been to insure naturalness in an atmosphere of romance, the object of the Author to intimate the nobilities and grandeur of the woman who was devotedly loved by Julius Caesar. Perfect freedom has been exercised in the adaption. See more »

Alternate Versions

A restored version, funded by Turner Classic Movies and in the George Eastman House Collection, was shown on Turner Classic Movies on 10 August 2000. It has an original music score by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, and runs 88 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Cleopatra (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Watching Cleopatra was like watching a toddler learning to walk
8 September 2008 | by sbalettiSee all my reviews

I happened onto "Cleopatra" on Turner after it had begun, so I didn't know who made it or when. I figured it had to have been made early, as it appeared to be little more than a filmed stage play: tableaux shot by a static camera; moreover, there were absolutely no close-ups. And I gathered it was something of an early "indie," as the costumes were howlingly inauthentic, the sets amateurish and many of the actors "stagy."

I decided the film's date had to be early, around 1910, 1912. But because of the production's growing sophistication – towards the end of the film the camera got more frisky and intimate – it was like watching the vocabulary of cinema being developed before your eyes, like seeing a toddler, very unsteady at first, gaining better equilibrium and more assurance as we watch. While it never gets to the level of either art or storytelling mechanics that Griffith was employing contemporaneously, "Cleopatra" is a fascinating time capsule... It would be intriguing to see her movies in sequence (the presumption being each is better and more sophisticated). It's a shame that so many have disappeared forever.

I had never heard of Helen Gardner, an ambitious actress who opened her own studio. As Cleopatra, she was sort of an ur-vamp whose eye makeup, heft, extravagant gestures and bare feet were several years later appropriated by Theda Bara. She was obviously an important actress, auteur and entrepreneur who should be far more celebrated than she is.

One last point, which others have made but I would like to reiterate: the newly appended score was so annoying and obtrusive that I muted it. I used to accompany silent films when I was in college, so I have a fair idea of the appropriate musical vocabulary. I once saw a revival of "Wings" in New York, and the elderly accompanist simply played everything she remembered from the 1920s, regardless of the on-screen action. Biplanes strafed trenches and killed soldiers by the dozen to the strains of "I'll be down to get you in a taxi, honey." Many of the major silent movies had their own scores written by studio musicians and played either by orchestras or reduced to organ or piano arrangements. I doubt that Gardner's "Cleopatra" had its own score, but SURELY somebody could have produced something more consonant with the time and place of this movie, something that sounded like, well… silent movie music.

Steffan Aletti


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed