Although the film was released in 1962, for some incomprehensible reason this year’s Blu-ray release of “Cleopatra” was trumpeted as the 50th anniversary of the film. It was the most expensive movie ever made up to that time, but the intervening years haven’t made it any better — it’s one of Elizabeth Taylor’s worst performances, and only Rex Harrison escapes with his reputation intact.
But nobody was going to the movie to see the performances, they were going to see whether there were visible trace elements of the legendary extramarital affair between Taylor and co-star Richard Burton. Slightly more than 10 years before, a similar sequence of events had nearly destroyed the career of Ingrid Bergman, but by the early ’60s, it only served to make Elizabeth Taylor increasingly popular.
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