Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Film about “Cleopatra” Essay

Cleopatra is portrayed as a strikingly beautiful, loyal but manipulative temptress, sludge femininity as she seduces the two intimately powerful men in Egypt, Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. A question this raises is, was she an insecure Queen who felt that she needed a more powerful man to help secure her place on the thr cardinal of her beloved Egypt, rather than lose it to one of them? As shown in the 2005 TV production Rome Cleopatra is seen wanting to get pregnant by Caesar to secure her position, but in the end she didnt nurture all qualms if someone else fathered the child, she would pass it off as Caesars.Cleopatra is shown on film as an almost caring being and an intelligent woman. In the 1934 production, Cleopatra tells Antony as she kisses his move on I am no longer Queen, I am a woman. This suggests that in that particular moment, she is allowing her emotions to rule, perhaps even going as off the beaten track(predicate) to say that as a Queen she is quite a boulde ry and hard character, but as an ordinary woman, she is allowing herself to love. In the 1963 film, Cleopatra speaks of One World, one nation, living in peace. This again shows her caring nature that she wants the world to sojourn in harmony. In real life, this could be a rather explicit reference to the UN and stopping war. Again, in the 1963 production, a rather sexist follow is made about Cleopatra If she wasnt a woman, one might conjecture shes an intellect. This Roman exposure shows Cleopatra to be a clever and capable Queen, but as she is female, she is not given full credit.In most TV and film productions of Cleopatra, she is seen as a beautiful Goddess with lashings of carry up and dressed in riotous costumes and jewellery to show her wealth. This characterisation of her makes her look almost high maintenance and authoritative. However, the Roman coins, which reveal her portrait, decipher Cleopatra as less of a beauty but almost hagfish like. As these coins are the only piece of history that show what Cleopatra whitethorn have looked like, I think it is a case that this is one depiction that has been glamorised by TV and film. Throughout the years as various productions have been filmed, the actresses playing Cleopatra have changed in push throughance e.g. their ethnicality, which may show a change in how society sees her. This shows how the world has changed by allowing more ethnic groups into the world ofacting.TV and film seem to develop the depictions of Cleopatra to fit in with the world in which we live at the time of which the production was made. It would appear that the Roman depictions of Cleopatra seem accurate in terms of her character, wealth and extravagant lifestyle but not her looks, as this is the only inconsistency against the diachronic artefacts we have. As time and society change, we may never know the unbent identity of Cleopatra.

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