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'''''Cleopatra ''''' is a 1917 silent film starring Theda Bara. This is one of her many silent-era films to be lost (only four are still known to exist). Of this two and a half hour long film, only 20 seconds have survived.
 
'''''Cleopatra ''''' is a 1917 silent film starring Theda Bara. This is one of her many silent-era films to be lost (only four 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 have exposed several times throughout the movie.<ref>[http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/C/Cleopatra1917.html Silent Era article.] Retrieved 15 Mar '16.</ref> Though this caused the film to be labeled as "obscene" by the Hays Code and reportedly upset the local religious groups and state censors, the film was still a success at the box office. Despite its success at the box office, 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.
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Many believe the film to be among the most elaborate and expensive of its time.<ref>[http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/C/Cleopatra1917.html Silent Era article.] Retrieved 15 Mar '16.</ref> Despite its success at the box office, 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 [[Greed "8-hour cut" (lost cut of silent film; 1924)|1922 Stroheim Director's Cut of ''Greed'']] as a "holy grail" amongst movie collectors.
 
No surviving footage other than the aforementioned twenty-second clip is known to exist. It has fallen into a category with [[Greed "8-hour cut" (lost cut of silent film; 1924)|1922 Stroheim Director's Cut of ''Greed'']] as a "holy grail" amongst movie collectors.
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*[http://www.lostcleopatra.com/ Official website of "Lost Cleopatra".] Retrieved 15 Mar '16
 
*[http://www.lostcleopatra.com/ Official website of "Lost Cleopatra".] Retrieved 15 Mar '16
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_(1917_film) Wikipedia article on ''Cleopatra''.] Retrieved 15 Mar '16.
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_(1917_film) Wikipedia article on ''Cleopatra''.] Retrieved 15 Mar '16.
*[https://www.gofundme.com/2skqg5ng?rcid=cece94be8ace11e6af84bc764e049a64 Phillip Dye's GoFundMe campaign for ''Cleopatra''.] Retrieved 15 Mar '16
 
  
 
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A poster for the film.

Status: Partially Found

Cleopatra is a 1917 silent film starring Theda Bara. This is one of her many silent-era films to be lost (only four 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.[1] Despite its success at the box office, 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. On February 8th, 2017, Dye screened Lost Cleopatra at a Hollywood museum.

Surviving Footage

The surviving 20 seconds.

External Links

Reference

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