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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Liz Taylor meets Monica Bellucci: Cleopatra hollywoodiana

7 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  08:38 h;
published in: Whitsun

Cleopatra hollywoodiana
Under the title "Cleopatra hollywoodiana", a film marathon takes place from May 19 to 28 in cooperation with Salzburg’s center for film culture, DAS KINO. Accompanying the opera action in the Festival district, DAS KINO will screen a selection of the most fascinating Cleopatra films made between 1912 and 2002, reflecting the general theme of this year’s Whitsun Festival.

“The love drama of Anthony and Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen’s relationship with Caesar and the mysterious circumstances of her death have fired people’s imagination since antiquity, inspiring many important writers, composers, painters and, since the 20th century, also film directors and producers. In 1903 – no sooner than pictures had learn to walk – the first movie about Cleopatra was made. Ever since, she has been embodied by the most extraordinary women in the history of film: Helen Gardner, Theda Bara, Asta Nielsen, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh, Sophia Loren, Claire Bloom, Elizabeth Taylor, Lynn Redgrave and Monica Bellucci, who became the model for the Cleopatra drawn by Albert Uderzo. This list, far from complete, shows the breadth of variations and interpretations of the legendary Egyptian queen, and the extent to which she has  become a myth – but also a vamp, heroine, comedian, style icon, and a protagonist of plays, films and comics,” Michael Bilic (DAS KINO) says.

Flanking the film series "Cleopatra hollywoodiana", the original Cleopatra costume worn by Claudette Colbert in Cecile B. DeMille’s 1934 movie on the subject will be exhibited at the Karl-Böhm-Saal, together with original film posters. This exhibit has been made possible by a generous loan from David W. Packard.

Download the detailed program here

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