‘CLEOPATRA’–BEHIND THE SCENES

Here’s 50 seconds of black and white footage of the ‘Cleopatra’ set, specifically the moment where Liz Taylor is carried down from the Sphinx thingy. It looks awfully scary and shaky but Liz seems sanguine, posed regally and most likely heavily sedated. I have no clue as to how this footage wound up on Youtube, who shot it, what its purpose was etc. I like to think that it was a reel of home movies shot by an extra that wound up in the attic of the extra’s cousins daughter’s grandson and that it was unearthed during a fit of house-cleaning.

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