CLEOPATRA (1963) 7664

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20th Century Fox Original British Quad Poster 30x40 Folded Very Fine Condition

Original 20th Century-Fox British Quad Poster (30x40), style A, for the Joseph L. Mankiewicz historical epic, CLEOPATRA (1963) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison. Originally this film was supposed to be two three hour movies-- the first dealing with Caesar and Cleopatra and the second with Antony and Cleopatra. But Fox, reeling from the exorbitant cost overruns associated with this budgetary debacle, decided to release one four hour movie instead. The result of this unfortunate decision is a spectacular film - spectacular in a way that digital effects cannot hope to match - with a less than satisfying narrative. Elizabeth Taylor's original contract stipulated that she was to be paid $1 million. But after a lengthy $50 million lawsuit brought by the studio against Burton and Taylor and then a countersuit by Taylor, the studio finally settled with the actress for $7 million. This British quad poster for the film is one of our favorites and it uses a convention sometimes seen on posters where they invite the viewer to "see" this and that. For example: See! 20th Century Fox go almost broke! See! Erotic Vagrancy on the front porch of the Vatican! See! Roddy McDowall attempt to play the most famous Roman Emperor! Really, one of our favorite films, no kidding.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor - Actor
Sir Rex Harrison - Actor
George Cole - Actor
Pamela Brown - Actor
Hume Cronyn - Actor
Martin Landau - Actor
Roddy McDowall - Actor
Sir Robert Stephens - Actor
Gregoire Aslan - Actor
Michael Gwynn - Actor
Sir Michael Hordern - Actor
Carroll O'Connor - Actor
John Doucette - Actor
Finlay Currie - Actor
Cesare Danova - Actor

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