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Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Written by Waldemar Young
Vincent Lawrence
Bartlett Cormack (adaptation: historical material)
Starring Claudette Colbert
Warren William
Henry Wilcoxon
Joseph Schildkraut
Music by Rudolph G. Kopp
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Cinematography Victor Milner
Editing by Anne Bauchens (uncredited)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) October 5, 1934
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cleopatra is a 1934 epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which retells the story of Cleopatra VII of Egypt.

It was written by Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence and Bartlett Cormack, and was produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Claudette Colbert stars as Cleopatra, Warren William as Julius Caesar, Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony, Joseph Schildkraut as King Herod, and Ian Keith as Octavian.



In 1934 the Hays code had just taken effect, so DeMille got away with using more risque imagery than he would be able to in his later productions. He opens the film with a naked, strategically lit slavegirl holding up incense burners as the title appears on screen.

Claudette Colbert

The film is also memorable for the sumptuous art deco look of its sets (by Hans Dreier) and costumes (by Travis Banton), the atmospheric music by Rudolph Kopp, and for DeMille's legendary set piece of Cleopatra's seduction of Antony, which takes place on Cleopatra's barge.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Victor Milner), and was nominated Best Picture, Best Assistant Director (Cullen Tate), Best Film Editing (Anne Bauchens), and Best Sound, Recording (Franklin Hansen).

It has been released for home viewing several times, most recently as a 75th anniversary DVD edition in 2009 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.[1]



  1. ^ Chaney, Jen (2009-04-09). "A Pair of DVDs From a 'Loose' Era". Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-12.  

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