Sunday, April 19, 2015

Elizabeth Taylor: the fertile goddess

Here comes the Golden Barge, the Festival of Bacchus, and Dick and Liz and Rex in these great scenes from Elizabeth Taylor's epic 1963 ancient-Egypt spectacle, "Cleopatra."

Elizabeth Taylor: the fertile goddess

An extended trailer of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's famously expensive 1964 Oscar winner starring Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, "siren of the Nile." Watch Richard Burton melt in the heavily mascaraed presence of the woman he would soon marry ("All that I shall ever want to hold, or look upon, or be, or have, is here now, with you"), and listen to Liz as she tells Rex Harrison (as Julius Ceasar) she's ready to bear his children ("My breasts are filled with love and life. My hips are round and far apart"). Enjoy these classic Liz clips. And walk like an Egyptian.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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