Hollywood Depictions of Cleopatra

She is a timeless icon of femininity and feminism. She is the most famous woman in the history of the world–perhaps because she was, and remains, the most powerful woman in the history of the world. No subsequent queen or Continue reading

Elizabeth Taylor Will Live Forever

I first came to admire Elizabeth Taylor for her definitive portrayal of Cleopatra in the 1963 production. She never won an award for it–those accolades would come from other movies–and Elizabeth Taylor’s antics, on and off the set, bankrupted a Continue reading


This is more than a little past my time period, but I cannot resist an ancient Roman sword-and-sandal epic and this one looks better than any recent such endeavor. This review makes it sound rather promising.