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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this Academy Award-winning, epic retelling of the life and loves of the Egyptian queen. Desperate to hold onto her throne in the face of Roman expansion, Cleopatra (Taylor) employs all her charms in an attempt to secure an alliance with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is subsequently murdered, however, a vulnerable Cleopatra quickly turns her affections to popular Roman general Mark Antony (Burton). But although the relationship initially fares well, it's not long before the once proud general, now emasculated by the queen's charms, is reduced to a shadow of his former self that presages the doomed lovers' ultimate fate.
Collection of classic 1930s dramas starring Greta Garbo. In 'Anna Christie' (1930) Garbo plays the title character, a former prostitute who lives with her father (George F. Marion) on a broken-down barge. When they rescue Irish sailor Matt Burke (Charles Bickford) from drowning, he falls in love with Anna. She is, however, reluctant to reveal details of her past... In 'Mata Hari' (1931) exotic dancer Mata (Garbo) is working as a German spy during the war. She seduces General Shubin (Lionel Barrymore) in order to succeed in her duties. She later falls for and becomes involved with Lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro). When the general discovers her affair, however, Mata finds herself having to take drastic measures to ensure her cover isn't blown. In 'Queen Christina' (1933) Garbo plays the 17th Century Swedish queen who escapes an undesirable political marriage by running away and disguising herself as a man. When she falls in love with a Spanish ambassador, they have to liaise secretly, realising their destiny is doomed. In 'Anna Karenina' (1935), adapted from Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna (Garbo), the wife of a villainous Russian aristocrat (Basil Rathbone), falls for cavalry officer Count Vronsky (Fredric March). Anna soon finds herself giving up everything for love but in time the situation becomes too much to bear.
Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) is an ex-con trying to make a good life for himself and his new bride Joan (Sylvia Sidney) but fate has other plans and wherever he turns things go wrong. First he is fired from his job over a small misunderstanding. Next he and Joan are thrown out of their motel during their honeymoon as the owner sees his photo in a true crime magazine. Then he is suspected as having been the main player in an armoured robbery and sent to prison, framed for murder... Can anything else go wrong, and can Eddie prove his innocence?
Drama starring Susan Hayward as the daughter of a traditional cattle owner who builds an oil empire. When her father dies in an oil well blast, Cherokee Lansing (Hayward) becomes determined to seek revenge. However, while she fights for her property and stages wildcat drilling she forgets about all human values. Can geologist Brad Brady (Robert Preston) help her see the error of her ways?
Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot and George Sanders star in this early 1940s war drama set in a tiny, isolated British outpost in East Africa. Officers at the outpost enlist the help of Zia (Tierney), a mysterious and exotic woman living among the natives, in their bid to fend off an impending onslaught from Nazi soldiers.
"Cleopatra" faced countless problems during its filming and
production: passionate casting disputes, broken contracts, a costly
re-location from London to Rome, an emergency tracheotomy for its
star, Elizabeth Taylor, scandal-ridden gossip surrounding
relationships on set, and a budget of $2 million that ballooned to
final costs of $44 million. Legendary producer Walter Wanger
recalls the drama that occurred both on and off the set, including
the incredible obstacles he had to overcome and the exhilaration of
producing a cinematic triumph. A revealing story about Elizabeth
Taylor and Richard Burton's tempestuous romance and an insightful
filmmaker's journal, now back in print for the 50th anniversary of
"Cleopatra"'s release, "My Life with Cleopatra "shares the true
story of the relationship and film that enthralled the world.
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