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Oscar winner Angelina Jolie is attached to star in the “Cleopatra” movie that Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin has been developing since 2006, according to USA Today. At a lunch this week in Manhattan to promote Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff’s new book, “Cleopatra: A Life,” Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch said Rudin envisions Jolie starring as the Queen of the Nile. Rudin’s office then confirmed that the project “is being developed for and with Jolie,” who Schiff describes as having “the perfect look” to play the character. – from the Wrap

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  • i like to think of myself as something of an expert on Cleopatra, i have been studying her for nearly ten years now and I still continue to be fascinated by this very great Queen. I have seen most of the movies made about her, and though i was impressed by the effort put into them, i was still left with an emptiness as i felt that they were lacking substance. And today, when i heard that a new movie starring angelina jolie produced by scott rudin was being made, i felt all the more disappointed. there is something disturbing about this…why? simply because not alot of people know the real truth about Cleopatra. Picking an actress like angelina jolie, no matter how attractive she may be, is not a good option; as it will obviously mean yet another agressive and sexually charged trashy “epic” like Alexander or Beowulf. If I made a Cleopatra movie, I would:

    1- GET AN UNKNOWN- because our image of Cleopatra is quite cliched and very messed up, bringing a famous actor would only add to the confusion, we would be so caught up in thinking about “jolie” rather than “CLEOPATRA”

    2- BASE IT ON MARGARET GEORGE’S BOOK- This is the best historical novel i have ever read, it is human, it is factual and it is richly descriptive, as any novel should be. And most importantly , it is perfect material for a successful movie.

    3- BE SINCERE- Why doesnt scott rudin tell us why he’s making the film? does it really mean anything to him or is it just another moneymaking scheme? this is a film about someone who gave their life for others, someone who is not just a glamour girl worthy of hollywood’s decadent attentions. So WHY??? if he’s making it for selfish reasons, then it would be better for him TO JUST STOP. Otherwise, it will surely fail in moving audiences, they are not going to get it. why? it’s just another epic movie. which is a shame, because it is like saying CLeopatra is just another queen. I have bad feeling that he will put all the epic cliches into this film; every scene is miserable, depressing, the ending is tragic, the colours are dull or overly exaggerated, and everything is viewed from a eurocentric perspective.

    Don’t say i did not warn you. but i am sure the self respecting viewer would not at all be impressed. I think we are sick of seeing the same rubbish being thrown at us in the cinema. Who’s with me?

  • hey guys, since this is quite a hot topic these days, i’d like to bust a few famous myths about Cleopatra:

    MYTH1- SHE WAS UGLY- this is a very popular story, as some historians deduce from her coins that was ugly by modern and ancient standards. NOT TRUE. All sources point to the other end of the argument that she was in fact good looking if not 100% Beauty Queen. “Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate every one” Dio Cassius, ancient historian. The coins, far from being an accurate depiction, were exaggerated to make Cleopatra look more masculine (more like Mark Antony in fact) and to emphasize her “masculine” ability to rule (we must remember that she was a woman in a man’s world). On another level, a lot of people have this image of Cleopatra as being “black” or “african”. I see many of these comments out there. there is actually no evidence to suggest that she had african blood, rather she was descended from Macedonian Greeks, many of which shared more in common with meditteranean or even slavic peoples than african races. This is also confused with the fact she came from egypt…of course she may have had some egyptian or african blood from her mother’s side, but that is still unknown. However, she a gread affinity for Egypt and thus may have been more egyptian in spirit than macedonian … in my opinion though, it does not matter which race she came from, rather she that inspires all races.

    MYTH 2- SHE KILLED HERSELF BECAUSE ANTONY DIED
    Also not true; Cleopatra was certainly not the overly sentimental /tragic shakespearian herione we think she was. Of course she would have felt like dying when she heard about his death, but she was first and foremost a queen, and could not just “dissappear” . she tried to kill herself, but octavian stopped her. she bore the pain of facing him first. She insured her children’s safety. She then commited suicide because she did not want to be humiliated in front of Rome (paraded in a triumph). Also, there are theories popping up that Octavian killed her or wanted her to kill herself. Also not true. Octavian wanted glory and wanted to show the Romans his prize in the victory parade, and so was very upset when he heard of her suicide. Perhaps he suspected it, but in no way did he desire it. He completely swayed the romans against her, he threw her at the historical world as nothing but a whore, so why would he to want to glorify her? it would be illogical for him to do so.
    “But Caesar, when he could not in any way resuscitate Cleopatra, felt both admiration and pity for her, and was excessively grieved on his own account, as if he had been deprived of all the glory of his victory”. Dio Cassius

    MYTH 3- SHE HAD LOVERS BESIDE ANTONY AND CAESAR
    this really angers me. People misuse Cleopatra as an excuse for their filfthy behaviour/desires. Look around you, Cleopatra in pop culture is anything but respectful, she is the temptress who ensnares men in her lust. She is the name of racy magazines, she is make-up, perfumes, even underwear!
    but would the real Cleopatra not been so lustful. First of all it would have ruined her image as a good ruler. She in fact had no other lovers but Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. She begot children from them. And she was faithful; no records of other lovers are there, she knew who to love and how to love, she knew that if she acted like many people think she did her empire would crumble apart. Also she modelled herself after the goddess Isis, who is faithful to her husband. If she did take other lovers, we would have known …
    thanks for reading guys

  • I wish some one would turn Pauline Gedge’s novels “House of Dreams”, and “House of Illusions” into a film. Those are great novels of ancient Egypt. I just don’t see how it could be filmed today.



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