Don’t throw fingers at Brutus. “Cleopatra” is the film responsible for murdering the Hollywood studio system in the middle of the Roman forum.
And as any Shakespearean worth their salt knows — Brutus might have been a mob rule extremist... but he made some points.
As does “Cleopatra,” a film as bloated and unwieldy as an asp after swallowing a bird whole. But a bloated asp still has its venom, as does “Cleopatra,” which thrives and dies on its own blend of poison.
The way that “Heavens Gate” marked the end of cinema auteurism, “Cleopatra” was the long, long goodbye to big budget studio productions.
Much as the fabled Egyptian Queen died by putting a snake to her own breast,…