Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Cleopatra (1917, J. Gordon Edwards)

Release LocationsUSA
DirectorJ. Gordon Edwards
Length1 hrs, 50 mins
Play ConnectionsAntony and Cleopatra (derivative)


Simply because Theda Bara (b. Theodosia Goodman), a Hollywood legend, played Cleopatra, this lost film is worth recording here. Professor Ball establishes that the film was "concocted out of Plutarch, Sardou, Shakespeare, and a lot of Adrian Johnson, who wrote the script" (SOSF 253)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CleopatraTheda Bara
CaesarFritz Leiber

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJ. Gordon Edwards
Adaptor/TranslatorAdrian Johnson

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell