Cleopatra (partially found silent film; 1917)

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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 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.[2] Though this caused the film to be labeled as "obscene" by the Hays Code and reportedly upsetted 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.

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 at a Hollywood museum.

Surviving Footage

The surviving 20 seconds.

External Link


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