Cleopatra Movie Historical Accuracy

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The historical epic film, “Cleopatra” depicts the queen and her relationships with two great Roman rulers, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Produced in 1963, this movie is a one of a kind as it portrays the Roman Republic transition. Although the motion picture is mostly very true to the historic facts, there are a few examples where the producers deviated from accuracy. The movie is not entirely correct with some of the costume and set choices, representation of the character Octavian, and Mark Antony’s family affairs. More importantly, Octavian’s character is adapted for the movie and does not precisely represent his true character. In general, “Cleopatra” gives the viewer a factual look at the events of Cleopatra and her
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Once again, historically, the facts are not entirely accurate. However, for the purpose of the movie, the screenwriters adapted the perception of Octavian to better suit the movie’s focus.

Another example where the writers of “Cleopatra” strayed from historical characters and incidents was in relation to Mark Antony. The movie reveals the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra. Antony was in love with Cleopatra, however was married to Octavia with two children. This is all true, although the movie completely omits the fact that Antony later had three children with Cleopatra. This is a historical fact that was never mentioned in the movie. The movie writers of “Cleopatra” most likely made the choice to leave this detail out of the plot for the sake of movie length. Despite this, I believe this fact is an important element of the story that reveals something about the two characters and their relationship. An entire half of the film is devoted to Cleopatra and Antony, the producers could have at least briefly represented the existence of the couple’s offspring. Overall, this movie is in general very accurate, but it certainly does cut out some significant historic details, especially pertaining to Antony and Cleopatra’s children.

All in all, the 1963 movie “Cleopatra” is an epic representation of Cleopatra’s relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The movie stays true to almost all of