Cleopatra (partially found silent film; 1917)


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Cleopatra (1917)
Main actress Theda Bara in one of her "risque" outfits in the film.
Main actress Theda Bara in one of her "risque" outfits in the film.
Status Partially Found

Cleopatra is a 1917 silent film starring Theda Bara. [1] This is one of her many silent-era films to be lost (only 4 are still known to exist). Of this two and a half hour long film, only 20 seconds have survived.

Many believe the film to be among the most elaborate and expensive of its time. The film is known for Bara's risque outfits and some claim that her privates were exposed several times throughout the movie.[2] This caused the film to be labelled as "obscene", and many church organisations tried obtaining copies of the film to destroy them. Historians and collectors scrambled to save as many copies as they could. The last known copies of the film were destroyed in fires. One was at the Fox studio vault fire in 1937, and the other fire was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1958. The film has never been seen in its entirety since.

No surviving footage other than the aforementioned twenty-second clip is known to exist. It has fallen into a category with 1922 Stroheim Director's Cut of Greed as a "holy grail" amongst movie collectors.

Phillip Dye started a failed Indiegogo project to reconstruct the film, but (as of September 2016) he has found over 400 film stills and counting. Follow Dye's quest on Facebook. He is having another go with a GoFundMe campaign. On February 8, 2017, Dye screened Lost Cleopatra as a Hollywood museum.

Surviving Footage

The surviving 20 seconds.

References

  1. Wikipedia article Retrieved 15 Mar '16.
  2. Silent Era article Retrieved 15 Mar '16.

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Mewtwowimmer

9 months ago
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Ah, the most sought-after movie of all time.
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BrotherBroCountry

3 months ago
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as far as unfound full movies but I think the missing scenes to Metropolis are more sought after
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Django1932

5 months ago
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Shouldn't this be changed to mostly lost in the title and to the category partially lost given the fact that only 20 seconds remain?
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LoserAtFinding

5 months ago
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Well, no. Most of the film is still lost. All known copies being destroyed doesn't change how much 20 seconds of a 100+ minute film is.

And you never know. There may be some secret hidden copy of the film in some random archive.
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Django1932

5 months ago
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That is exactly what I'm saying-partially found is when more then half has been found-partially lost is what this should be changed to for a category.
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Kobochat

5 months ago
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You have it backwards. Partially Lost = Mostly Found. Partially Found = Mostly Lost.
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Django1932

5 months ago
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Ha ha your right, well I think maybe the title of this should change to "mostly lost"?

Maybe someday someone will find more of her work (given the fact that she has about 80% of her work is gone)
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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I found some videos with more footage than what's currently on the page and an interview, is there a possibility I can change it, or do you just want the link to the video?
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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I live in the city that Theda Bara was born in, I can contact local historical archives probably.
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Lilithen

3 months ago
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https://www....=rjbzCcAzSSo

More footage, stills, and an interview. I don't know how to add it in, though. Does anyone know how?
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Mewtwowimmer

3 months ago
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Problem is, that first movie clip is from "Queen of Sheba", starring Betty Blythe and Fritz Lieber.
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Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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So basically that means that the whole thing is lost. Dang it.
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