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Cleopatra (1934) & The Sign of the Cross (1932)

January 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive, Cecilia de Mille Presley and The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation present “The Greatest Showman: Cecil B. DeMille.”

Cleopatra (1934)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Queen Cleopatra (Claudette Colbert), her position in Egypt compromised by the ambitions of her brother Ptolemy, makes lovers of both Julius Caesar and (following his death) Marc Antony, by way of consolidating her power. But love has its way with her, and Cleopatra is undone by the very weapon she previously wielded. A fever dream combining Egyptian references with art deco flourishes, the film showcases coquettish Colbert to perfection.

Paramount Productions, Inc. DIR: Cecil B. DeMille. SCR: Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence. Based on an adaptation of historical material by Bartlett Cormack. CINE: Victor Milner. EDIT: Anne Bauchens. CAST: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, Ian Keith.

35mm, b/w, 100 min.

Followed by:
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Hedonistic Roman Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) cruelly persecutes adherents of the upstart Christian religion. When Roman prefect Marcus Superbus (Frederic March) encounters beautiful Mercia, a devout Christian, his sympathetic attentions arouse the jealousy of Empress Poppaea (Claudette Colbert), who desires him. The heated drama climaxes at the arena where Christians and others are sacrificed amid perverse and savage games. A smash hit, the film proclaimed director Cecil B. DeMille’s triumphant return to Paramount, where his career had first blossomed, following a period of independent production and a brief period at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film also features a quintessential DeMille flourish: Poppaea’s sensous bath in a sunken tub filled with asses’ milk.

Paramount Publix Corp. PROD: Cecil B. DeMille. DIR: Cecil B. DeMille. SCR: Waldemar Young, Sidney Bushman. Based on the play by Wilson Barrett. CINE: Karl Struss. EDIT: Anne Bauchens. CAST: Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith.

35mm, b/w, 108 min.

In-Person: Mark Viera

Note: Mark A. Vieira will be signing copies of the book, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website



January 9, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States