Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 12 - The second part of the film opens with Antony over the dead body of Brutus. Two years have passed since Caesar's assassination, and Antony has used them to track down the assassins. We are in Phillipi, where Octavian, Agrippa, and Antony, have been successful in defeating the assassins' armies. With Brutus dead, the mission is complete. Antony gives the legions a congratulatory gesture, then Rufio reminds him he must meet with Octavian, who has been ill and is in bed. Inside Octavian's tent, Octavian, who now refers to himself as 'Caesar' - much to Antony's disdain, tells Antony, "I think it best to continue the triumvirate. You and I - and Lepidus." They come to terms on who shall be over which territories - Lepidus is given Africa and the islands - Octavian, Spain and Gaul - and Antony, the East. All three will share Rome and Italy. Octavian says, "Done." To seal the deal, Antony spits into his own hand, as would a peasant, and clasps hands with Octavian.
With Lepidus. We three...
He spills his wine of the floor...
If nothing else, Gaul should
improve your taste in wines...
Only one. Only one can rule
Doggedly, he scrubs the hand with sand...
Arriving at Antony's tent, Antony is in high good humor. Rufio, following, comes in. Antony removes his armor - dropping it where he stands - and pours wine both for himself and Rufio.
Brave men do not fight their battles
in bed. Military battles, that is...
A cleaver one would - with an Antony
to fight for him in the field...
Then let him think I won it for him
if he likes - I've taken the meat of
the empire and left him the bone...
The heart. Rome...
Scarcely beating. Political chaos,
the treasury bankrupt - now there's
a battle to put Octavian to bed and
keep him there...
And if he wins it? Rome is his...
The East, Rufio - we have all of it!
What was it Caesar said once - 'Rome
is best not left unwatched for too
long - like one of your mistresses...'?
The only one.
Greece - beautiful dark women with
white teeth - then across the
Hellespont and into Asia Minor.
More beautiful dark women with
And where do we find that beautiful
gold metal - called gold...?
Persia is covered with it. We'll
take it from the Parthians. And on
the way - Galatia, Cappadocia,
Cilicia - there's a palace in Tarsus...
There's a palace in Alexandria...
Women or gold, gold or women -
Alexandria has more and better of
both than any place on earth...
So I've heard...
Egypt needs Rome - us - to
guarantee her security. Rome -
we - need Egypt's gold and wheat...
I'm aware of that...
Egypt's queen has a son. His name
I haven't forgotten...
I didn't think you had...
Antony pours more wine...
Would she come, do you think - if
I summoned her to me?
She came when Caesar summoned her!
There was always some doubt about
A lancer came at me today - and
as he drew back, I cut off his arm
at the shoulder. 'Like Caesar!',
I heard someone shout behind me,
'Just like Caesar!' At that
moment I hated him...
The enemy. Who else?
If she has to be dragged in
chains, Cleopatra will come when
and where I call her!
You speak as if she were that
The world is full of queens!
And some of them beautiful and
dark - with white teeth. But only
one Cleopatra. Sleep well...
He goes out. Antony, alone, paces moodily. Goblet in hand, he crosses to his campaign trunk and opens it. He takes out the kerchief which Cleopatra left with him in Rome. He fondles it for a moment, then smells it...
Gone. The scent...
And the taste. Gone...
Would he have approved, do you
Definitely. Perhaps the veil of
Isis would have bothered him
just a bit -
Here Caesar will be. With my
statue opposite him, looking
toward the sea...
Waiting, throughout eternity -
for Antony to arrive?
Cleopatra whirls on him suddenly, sharply...
For some time now - you have
quietly but obviously disapproved
of me! All right, you have my
permission and my forgiveness -
Disapproving is too harsh a word.
I have been perhaps - made sad -
by what seems to be your - dedication
to a dead past, and to your future
This mausoleum - to which you come
each day and speak of death as if
it were a lover on his way to you...
Of all men, you should know better.
What I build here is not an end -
but a beginning. This tomb shall
mark it. The start of a new
history - one world, one people -
with Alexandria its capital. Ruled
by my son - and his sons - and
Yours, now, alone...
And - Mark Antony's...
It is my belief Antony is not
one for dreams...
You don't consider him capable of
conquering a world - ?
And incapable of resisting a
He's a man...
Too much a man. Too little the
god you wait for...
From all reports, Antony can't
decide which god he is. In
Greece, he had himself worshipped
And now, in Asia Minor - he claims
descent from Hercules...
Let him pose as any god he chooses.
I know that Antony has worshipped at
one shrine. That there is one god
he dare not play at being - until
I say he may. Caesar...
They are at the low unfinished wall facing the sea. She looks out at it...
It's an expensive game - playing
at god. More gold is needed than
can be squeezed out of conquered
territories. Gods require many
Antony will come. He will need Egypt...
Egypt is you.
That's what I meant, of course.
Antony will need me...
Have you any idea how long you
have been weeping? Fantastic.
You started this morning, it is
almost sundown - you have not
eaten or drunk, simply squatted
there wailing like a cat. No
one has ever wept like you. Are
you prepared to stop?
(she does not stop)
Then help me to understand. For
someone - even a queen - to
blubber on like this, there must
be a very special reason. Is it
because I don't want you any more?
(she shakes her head)
Because I wanted you in the first
(She shakes her head)
Because I am returning you to your
(She shakes her head)
He can keep his throne, tell him -
even his horse - rule under Roman
mandate - he should be proud of you,
you've accomplished your mission...
(she doesn't stop)
You feel degraded, is that it?
You can never wash my touch from
your Royal skin, you will always
feel dirtied by it? Or - perhaps
you weep because you will never
forget and always want me - ?
Rufio comes in, quietly. Antony looks over to him.
I don't mean to disturb. But
there are matters -
We're just finishing. Finished,
The lady stops weeping. She rises and crosses to a door, turning back to Antony...
Lord Antony, women weep for many
things at once - but mostly for
themselves. Today I have wept
because I could not kill you.
And because when you die, I will
not be there - to laugh...
When I die, the world - from one
end to the other - will echo with
the sound of giggling...
You returned her husband's army -
and the horses?
We don't need them.
We can't feed those we have.
Horses - or men...
If the matters you've come to
discuss are to be more reproaches -
Last night because you liked the
food, you presented the cook with
If I'm to listen to wailing, I'll
bring that woman back in!
A house you don't even own!
Then buy it!
Finances. You make my head hurt
when you talk of money - change