Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 8 - We have just dissolved from Cleopatra's bedroom to the Roman Forum at the steps of the Senate. Octavian approaches the steps of the Senate House. We hear...
A bastard - but none the less a son.
And none the less - Caesar willing -
Caesar's new heir...
How does the news strike you,
Octavian pauses at the foot of the steps. He looks at them in polite inquiry...
It has occurred to some of us that
if Caesar were to replace you as
his heir - he would most probably
choose this son the Egyptian Queen
has presented him with. What do
Octavian smiles faintly - and shrugs...
For myself, I think he intends to
replace more than Octavian. It is
the Republic itself he will disinherit -
(coming up to the group)
Do you still look for tyrants under
your bed at night, Cassius? And
is your sleep still troubled by
nightmares of Rome impaled
upon the spear of Caesar's
He has been made King of Egypt - he
and the Egyptian Queen have named
their bastard Caesarion - Prince
The scene continues as we see it...bantering back and forth between those present, with small introductory insights into these characters we are seeing for the first time. We get a feeling of which Senators highly resent Caesar's prolonged dalliance with Cleopatra and Egypt, which ones are more tolerant, etc. Antony arrives and hears part of their conversation, warning them that their tongues may, "...one day...cut off your head." He addresses Octavian, who seems to be suspiciously neutral about Caesar's new son. And, when Antony offers him a female "friend", suspiciously neutral about that, too. Antony replies, "It is quite possible, Octavian, that when you die - you will never have been alive." The scene dissolves to the Harbor of Alexandria. Caesar's galley is ready to depart, and various Roman men are saying good-bye to their Egyptian girlfriends. The scene switches to Caesar's apartment. Cleopatra arrives to say good-bye. The time has come. Caesar kisses her hand and leaves. Alone, she stares into space. She will not cry. [It is possible that Caesar's goodbyes and departure was cut from the script. There are no photos in the Trivette Collection showing Taylor from this sequence, which would confirm it was, indeed, filmed. Therefore, the following portion of script is in pink.] The scene switches to the Harbor. Caesar approaches his galley but stops when he comes to Ramos, who salutes Caesar in the "Roman fashion".
The Roman salute? It becomes you,
He salutes Ramos in the Egyptian fashion, then moves on to Apollodorus. He holds out his hand and Apollodorus takes it...
I hope there is a small part of you
which is truly sorry to see me go.
Your feelings at my departure must
be quite understandably mixed...
I shall always honor you, Caesar, for
having made of my Queen a great and
Queen. Someone had made a woman of
her long before I came along...
[Another reference to Apollodorus' love for Cleopatra, and, again, deleted.] He moves along to Sosigenes...
And you, my learned friend...
I had hoped to present Caesar with a
few of my navigational devices - as
a farewell gift. Only to find that
all of them were already aboard
Caesar's galley - inadvertently...
Caesar laughs, pats Sosigenes' head...
This is what I'd like to take along...
if we run into difficulties with
your calendar, will your Queen permit
you to help?
I think it likely - one way or
another - that we will meet again
Caesar throws him a look, then continues on. At the foot of the landing stage, Rufio waits for him.
You're not too angry with me?
I know my duty, Caesar...
To represent Rome here as Praetor -
so much is your duty, Rufio. But,
as I hope, to look after my son -
this I would ask only of a dear friend...
I am that.
He starts to kneel. Caesar stops him.
Not any more. Let others kneel to you
They clasp forearms, then Caesar boards the galley. The landing stage is lifted; ropes let loose, the galley eases away from the dock. As Caesar takes his place at the prow he waves farewell to those ashore. There are waves and tears from the Egyptians. Rufio lifts the Eagle Standard high in farewell to Caesar. We hear the Legionnaires: "Hail, Caesar!" Caesar waves back and starts to go below when he sees Cleopatra, all alone, at the Palace entrance. She stands, head high, every inch a Queen, looking after the departing Caesar. Caesar waves to her; she waves back. The members of the Court and the Romans start their way back into the Palace, bowing ceremoniously as they pass her. Unseeing and unhearing, she stands with her eyes upon the disappearing Caesar. Eiras, in passing, pauses as if to address her. Then, understandingly, moves on. Cleopatra has tears in her eyes, but she will not let them fall. There is a long dissolve from her eyes to Caesar's galley as it moves away. The scene dissolves to the plaza of the Roman Forum. A frieze of the scene is under the narration: "But only after more than two years and many wars in Africa and Asia Minor, was Caesar able to cross over to Italy and come home at last to celebrate his triumphs and see to his affairs." The frieze moves into motion as Caesar enters the Forum to a glorious reception from the Roman populace. A young Roman mother breaks through the barricade of Roman soldiers and brings her young son to the side of Caesar's chariot, holding him up for Caesar to see. Flavius moves instinctively to intercept her, then thinks better of it. Caesar lifts the boy up - the crowd roars its delight.
He Kisses the boy's cheek and hands him back to his mother. Caesar looks back after the little boy. His glance becomes wistful...his eye catches Flavius watching him, understandingly, and they exchange a brief smile. Caesar returns to accepting his homage. The scene dissolves to Cleopatra's sitting room. She is seated with Sosigenes and Rufio. Apollodorus, now the Court Chamberlain, stands. Rufio is reading a scroll to Cleopatra stating that Caesar has been awarded the title, "Dictator of Rome" for life. The scene continues as we see it. Cleopatra comes to understand that the title is more of an "empty gesture" than a literal one. Questioningly, Cleopatra asks, "And the dictates of the Dictator?" Rufio answers, "...must in each case, of course, be approved by the Senate of Rome." After a brief pause, Cleopatra thanks him and he leaves. Pacing, Cleopatra looks down to the garden area where Caesarion, now nearly four years old, is playing with Charmian and Eiras. She calls for Sosigenes and he follows her to her library. There, Sosigenes waits as Cleopatra retrieves a heavily bound ebony chest. She brings it to the table which serves as her desk and removes some aged parchments and scrolls.
The senators - all proud men who
will have no Master - are expensive...
So I gather - from these lists you've
compiled for me. Are you sure you
can disguise the true purpose of your
being in Rome?
She sits and starts sorting the parchments and scrolls.
They have already adopted my calendar
as their own - and would now appreciate
knowing how it works. They would also
welcome my presence to question me -
some of the senators regard as subversive
my insistence that the year is 365 and
¼ days long...
Take a long time in explaining...here...
(she pulls out a fastened
sheaf of parchments)
Are you sure that Titus is still alive?
And so rich he cannot afford to
This is a list of the senators who
owe large sums of money to him.
Will he sell you their debts, are
We have already agreed upon his
rate of profit. It's a risky business
for him, but Titus has the true
courage of a greedy man...
Buy them all - and any other of
their promissory notes and financial
commitments that you can find. I
want at least half of the Roman
Senate to be in debt to me - when
the day comes...
A particular day - ?
When the matter is brought before
the Senate - of extending to the
Queen of Egypt and Caesar's son
an invitation to visit Rome...
And do you have in mind - someone
to bring the matter before them?
There is only one, second in authority
only to Caesar - and with the
largest debts of all - Mark
checks his name on the parchment and hands the sheaf to Sosigenes. [By
deleting this scene, we are kept from knowing a point of critical and cunning
manipulation of Rome by Egypt (Cleopatra). And, in no small measure, a
reason why much of the Roman Senate is so angered, threatened, and even
scared, by Caesar's association with Cleopatra. Men of power, especially,
are known to react in a sometimes desperate manner when they feel they
have been made a puppet. With Cleopatra's purchase of their debts, she
is literally pulling their strings.] The scene
dissolves to the Roman Forum.