Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 9 - We are in the Roman Forum. A brief edit was made: Senators coming out of the Senate, among them; Brutus, Cassius and Casca. Cassius, "...nodding, like so many tamed bears with rings in their noses!" Brutus, "You held your hand high, Casca. I hear you bought an olive grove at Alba last week..." Casca, indignantly, "Are you suggesting - that I was bribed?" Caesar and Antony come out. Caesar is certain there has been some skullduggery afoot, and is amused by Cleopatra's brashness and curious as to its extent. Antony is on the spot. Caesar knows it and lets him sweat a bit. Antony, "I suppose you thought it odd - that I would propose such an invitation to Queen Cleopatra?" As they continue, Caesar, more or less reminding himself of the High Priestess' words, says, "How was it - 'Rome will know him in cloth of gold...'? We see the Forum and its every-day activity. The scene dissolves to the same view, but now the Forum is filled with the Roman populace gathered to see Cleopatra's arrival. The scene switches to the Reviewing Stand. Caesar squirms in his chair and mops his brow, from both heat and nervousness. Around his neck he wears a gold medal on a chain...he leans forward:

Sosigenes -
(Sosigenes turns)
I can't tell you how I look forward
to the procession - is there much
longer to wait?
I have been told it is approaching
now, Caesar...
According to reports, the reception
in the streets has been extraordinary.
The Queen has instructed the
procession to move as slowly as the
people wish, for their full enjoyment.
We hear a fanfare announcing the beginning of the procession, and the crowd surges toward the archway to see it. Mounted trumpeteers enter through the archway and force the crowd back. Next are the charioteers and bowmen who use their arrows to shoot colored streamers into the air. This gives way to the girl "streamer dancers". Within their dance, we see an old hag. As the dance continues, the dancers encircle her and cover her by a mound of staff-held streamers.
[If you look carefully at this "ancient, aged" production painting, used in the film's opening credits, you will see the "old hag" kneeling in the center with her hand out and her fingers splayed.]
When the dancers throw back their staves and streamers, we see the old hag has been magically transformed into a young, beautiful dancer. The dance concludes and we see a model of the Pharos (the famed Lighthouse of Alexandria) drawn by the Royal Oxen.
Photo from rehearsal footage

As it makes its way slowly, from the reviewing stand we see the Senatorial chairs now filled. An Egyptian herald, followed by a slave carrying a large tray of gold coins and chains - similar to those worn by Caesar and Antony and some of the Senators - approaches Sosigenes. He whispers to him. Sosigenes nods, rises, and crosses to Caesar. He leans down and whispers to him. Caesar looks from Sosigenes to the Herald and the tray. [This sequence pertaining to who does and does not, and who is coerced into wearing the chains (strings?) is He rises imperiously and beckons the Herald to him. Then he calls out:

Antony! Mark Antony!

Antony, wearing his medal and chain, is making time with a young lady at the far end of the reviewing stand. He turns...

(for the benefit of all)
Queen Cleopatra has most graciously
had golden medals struck off to
commemorate this great occasion -
for each of our distinguished
senators, each medal inscribed with
the name of him for whom it is
intended - !
(playing along)
A most thoughtful and generous
gesture, Caesar! I am proud to
wear mine...
And I! But I am displeased to see
that so few of our colleagues share
that pride! Is this to be Her
Majesty's first taste of Roman
hospitality - is the outstretched
hand of our approaching guest to
be slighted by her Roman host?
(he whirls)

Octavian, as always, alone - bows slightly

My Lord Caesar...?
Your skinny neck, nephew, would be
improved by almost anything you
could hang on it. This medal
should make you look almost like
a man...
Nothing could please me more, my

He crosses to find his medal on the tray. Cassius, Casca, Cicero and Brutus have observed the scene with interest. The Pharos can be seen in the background leaving the Forum. We hear the reaction of the crowd at some new attraction.

The outstretched hand of our
approaching guest - the question
is, what does the hand stretch
out to grab?
(looking off)
There's something odd about those
If you ask me, that golden chair she
gave Caesar looks damned uncomfortable.
It's made him irritable -
(to Cicero)
- what Zebras?
Did you say chair, Casca? It strikes
me she had more in mind - a throne...
I wouldn't put it past Cleopatra to
paint donkeys to look like Zebras...

From their perspective, we see several donkeys painted as Zebras in the Forum. On them, dwarfs. From gift baskets, the dwarfs toss sweets to the crowd. Next, we see two elephants bearing scantily clad beautiful girls. The elephants approach the Reviewing Stand where Antony is watching. One of the elephants passing him bears a particularly pretty girl who holds out some coins for Antony. He responds courteously by lifting the girl off the elephant and into his arms. He gives her a lusty buss, the crowd roaring, then deposits her on the next elephant as it passes.

Some of the senators are disapproving, some laughing; the women shocked; Caesar smiling - Cassius, Casca and Cicero staring at him coldly. The Egyptian Herald has paused by Brutus with his tray. He searches for his medal. Antony smiles blandly at Cassius and the others, then suddenly speaks up loudly, as before:
It will be interesting, Caesar, at
the end of this day, to discover -
by the names on the medals left upon
that tray - which of our distinguished
friends bear allegiance neither to you
nor the good name of Rome itself...!

Caesar turns and nods in agreement...

And they shall be marked down, believe

Brutus finds his medal and puts it on, smiling a little...

(to the Herald)
You will find these distinguished
friends of Caesar most anxious to
wear their medals...

The Herald holds the tray before Cassius. After a look at Brutus, grimly he starts to paw among the medals looking for his. Caesar leans forward in his chair...

Sosigenes -

Sosigenes has been watching the by-play between Antony, Cassius and the others. He turns to Caesar...

- getting more exciting now, isn't
Yes, Caesar. More exciting every

A yell from the crowd draws his attention to twelve "green smoke dancers". Through the green smoke appears a huge snake.

As it coils its way through the Forum, twenty-four snake dancers and twelve girl musicians emerge from inside its body and do their routine.
Snake Dancer costume sketch by Vittorio Nino Novarese

Behind the "snake dancers", we see ten Africans holding yellow "primitive butterfly" fans. Bounding through them are twelve African "yellow smoke dancers", carrying poles that emit the smoke. They are followed by African "Watusi Dancers" who perform a frenzied ethnic dance. Next are the "red smoke" dancers which give way to the winged "pyramid girls". The procession continues uncut, and ends with Cleopatra's " about that?..." wink at Caesar. The scene dissolves to Caesarion's bedroom in Cleopatra's Roman villa.