Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 2 - Cleopatra emerges from her command tent, followed by Charmian, and makes her way through the camp, toward the sea. Apollodorus comes out and follows, within a protective distance.
[The two photos above are from the same sequence as the lost footage shown in the documentary, "Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood". In the documentary, this footage is erroneously identified as being Taylor's first scene in the film. There are notes for a possible script revision that would have placed Cleopatra's command tent scene first, then the re-shot Temple of Isis scene (using a fire pit instead of the reflecting pool), with Cleopatra leaving the temple for the beach, instead of her command tent. In either case, this beach sequence would still have been her third scene, not the first.]
Near the shore, Cleopatra pauses, turns, and summons Apollodorus to her. Charmian waits, some distance away. Cleopatra and Apollodorus are standing very close to each other, and she looks up...
She reaches up and presses her hand for an instant against his cheek. He takes it in his and kisses it. [There will be a few other such intimate scenes between Apollodorus and Cleopatra, and, even, dialog of Antony's awareness of Apollodorus' love for her - all edited from the final cut of the film. As such, we never really know the depth of their relationship and, again, we miss some deep character motivations.]
Cleopatra moves away, heading again to the sea, as Apollodorus looks after her. At the water's edge, she rests against a rock and looks moodily out to sea.
Apollodorus and Charmian are still both watching over her. The waves roll in over the sand and Cleopatra stares down at them, then out to sea, as if listening for some word of what is to come.
The scene dissolves to the sail of Caesar's galley, filled by the breeze. [ - the, "...winds of Destiny". Again, this demonstrates how appropriate and logical the flow from one scene to the next was intended to be. The "...winds of Destiny," have now become clear to Cleopatra, and as she stares out to sea, the scene dissolves to Caesar's sail] It is daybreak, and in the background, we see a few escorting galleys. The lookout on Caesar's galley yawns and stretches, then stares in disbelief...on the horizon against the breaking day, he sees a flash of reflected light. He shouts down to the deck..."A light! A light!" His alarm summons Agrippa - Caesar's admiral, Rufio and Caesar.
The scene dissolves to the top of the famed Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria where the oil lamps are being extinguished - but the huge muti-faceted metal reflector continues to revolve, catching and throwing off the sunlight. A guard shouts down, "Ships of Rome! Ships of Rome!" In the Palace Forecourt, a gigantic hanging alarm is struck with great hammers. Caesar's lone galley sails into the harbor and the city of Alexandria is revealed. The film continues as we see it. King Ptolemy, with full escort, is carried out on his throne. On the deck of Caesar's galley, the Romans stare at the prostrated Alexandrians. There is no sign of recognition or greeting from the Palace steps. Caesar's generals are angry...