Dressing up as Cleopatra – Elizabeth Taylor (1963)

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  1. October 16, 2013

    Dearest V
    So ridiculously, studio-bustingly sumptuous.
    We truly will never see its like again… well we may see it’s likeness via CGI, but the days when Hollywood actually built and made things like this are surely at an end. Forever.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • October 17, 2013

      I think before James Cameron started getting funky with the CGI, Cleo was the most expensive film ever made, maybe it still is adjusted in modern dollars?

      • October 17, 2013

        Dearest V
        I think that I read somewhere that if a ‘like-for-like’ calculation, I think ‘purchasing power parity’ is the phrase, is done then Cleo still ranks as the most expensive, in fact quite a few of the great old blockbusters were proportionately more costly than anything being made today.
        I believe I read that in The Economist, or FT perhaps… such thing have been known.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  2. October 16, 2013

    So many different kinds of amazing I don’t even know where to start. Liz was truly a one-off, and the level of detail in Renié’s costumes and accessories is incredible, I love that cape overlay that looks like wings. Thanks for reminding of how great this was, I’m off to re-watch.

    • October 17, 2013

      Long career, I think she started as a sketch artist in the 1920s and kept working until the early 1990s. Beautiful designs.

  3. October 16, 2013

    Unreal! The glamour!
    I recently read a fun book about Liz appropriately titled “How to be a Movie Star.” I didn’t know much about her before, but I’m a great admirer now. It seems she was a kind of fairy tale princess with a real woman’s appetites for sex, food, and glamour. Like Tura Satana and Audrey Hepburn all wrapped into one.

    • October 17, 2013

      “Tura Satana AND Audrey Hepburn” – that is a next level description – you are wonderful!

      • October 18, 2013

        Thanks! I love the idea of the Liz Taylor Cleo as a silent. This kind of visual overload doesn’t need dialogue!
        (Has anyone ever done a silent film in color ?)

      • October 20, 2013

        Many silents had portions tinted, so there was an overall hue to the film, and sometimes they were hand tinted. I think the first color application in still photography was 1902, but color films really weren’t shot until the 1930s.

  4. Heather in Arles
    October 17, 2013

    Her beauty here is mesmerizing. It fuels the rest of the engine of the show…

    • October 17, 2013

      Okay,I probably shouldn’t say it – but sometimes I think this particular version would have been better as a silent film…

  5. October 17, 2013

    These costumes are fab-u-lous!

    I agree with your reply to the previous commenter. This film would have been waaaay better as a silent film.

  6. George Kaplan
    October 25, 2013

    I agree with Silverscreenings, Vickie you are a Genius! And funny too. This would, Roddy M apart, have been much better as a silent – if they cut it. ; -) Either that or as a musical with Rex employing his unique “singing” style (sprechsegang?)…! Ha.

    • October 26, 2013

      I still love it as a film, the spectacle, the story behind the story — fabulous!

  7. December 5, 2015

    Elizabeth was an icon of feminity; enduring pain, failure, heartache without a wisp of oh-poor-me. Her strength in life and in films was an inspiration to the young girl who saw every film she made. I wept the day she died, something rare for me in regard to public figures. I still watch her films, just to observe her expressions and movements. She was the last of the great actors who knew the difference between acting and being genuine. A real woman and unapologetic about it. Eternally grateful, Elizabeth, I miss you.

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