Caesar and Cleopatra

Lavish but frequently dull and theatrical adaptation of Bernard Shaw's play about imperial romance up the Nile. Some of the wit survives despite being swamped by the spectacle, the Technicolor photography (by a number of cameramen) is eye-catching, and Rains turns in his usual sturdy performance. But it's all something of an overwrought folly.

Release details

Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gabriel Pascal
Screenwriter: George Bernard Shaw
Cast: Claude Rains
Vivien Leigh
Cecil Parker
Stewart Granger
Flora Robson
Francis L Sullivan
Basil Sydney
Ernest Thesiger
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