Watch Antony and Cleopatra
- 2 hr 49 min
Antony and Cleopatra is a period drama movie from 1981 that portrays the relationship between two of the most famous lovers in history: Marcus Antonius (Antony) and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. Directed by Jon Scoffield and starring John Paul as Antony and Jane Lapotaire as Cleopatra, the movie is an adaptation of the famous play by William Shakespeare. The movie begins with Antony returning to Rome after years of fighting a war against Pompey. However, he is soon summoned by Cleopatra to her palace in Egypt. Although Antony is married to Octavia, the sister of the Roman Emperor Octavius Caesar, he falls in love with Cleopatra and they both indulge in an intense love affair. Apart from the romantic aspects, the movie also depicts their political alliance with each other. Cleopatra, in an attempt to maintain her throne, joins forces with Antony against Caesar. However, their political and personal lives create a sense of tension that leads to a tragic end. John Paul brings an air of regal charisma to the role of Antony, making it easy to understand why Cleopatra is drawn to him. His commanding presence as a leader is a highlight of the movie. Jane Lapotaire, on the other hand, is mesmerizing as Cleopatra. She portrays the character with an intoxicating regality, confidence and passion, making the audience feel the allure and temptation Cleopatra had over Antony. The film captures the grandeur of ancient Rome and Egypt - from the grand temple interiors to the outdoor war scenes. The costumes and sets are impressive, with the production design taking the viewer back in time. However, the movie isn't perfect. The pacing and length can be a bit tedious, with a runtime of 160 minutes. Certain scenes drag on for far too long, making it difficult to hold the audience's attention. Despite this, the movie is worth watching as a romantic and tragic historical drama. Overall, Antony and Cleopatra is a classic tale of love and political intrigue, and this specific adaptation brings the story to life in a grand, lavish spectacle. It's a movie that will catch your attention and keep you invested until the end. The performances of the lead actors John Paul and Jane Lapotaire, and the stunning set pieces make it a must-see for fans of both historical and romantic drama.