from "The Restored Cleopatra", page
13 - Antony has ordered Rufio to Alexandria to find some way to get
Cleopatra to come to Antony - in Tarsus. Next, we see Rufio and Sosigenes
standing behind a screen that offers Cleopatra privacy during her bath.
The scene opens with:
understand your position, Rufio.
you must also understand
I do not intend to join that
list of Queens who have
happily at being summoned
I didn't say "summoned" -
said "invite". He meant "summon"...
from reaffirming the alliance
Rome and Egypt, he has many
to discuss with you -
let him come and discuss
campaigns have been long and
- all of Greece...
Greek actress - surely she
no 'long campaign'...
Antony is fond of the theater...
the Queens in Asia Minor - one
conquest after another.
Herod's wife - that was in
intelligence, as always, is
than the best -
bows to Sosigenes. Sosigenes bows back.
any case, I am the Queen of
I choose to remain on
is not the other end of
world, Your Majesty...
it were one step from Egypt,
would be too far...
is a pause...
does not - bend easily...
do I. I shall meet with Lord
but only on Egyptian soil...
sighs, and bows.
you for your attention,
old friend - your mission
may not be welcome, but you
lady. A way must be found - a
a place - to satisfy you both...
She leans her head back and closes her eyes.
Sosigenes leads Rufio off.
Charmian looks after the departing Rufio, then down at Cleopatra.
do you think, my Lady? Will
Antony come to Egypt?
think it very likely...
her eyes, reaches out idly to the crystal boat, and takes a flacon of perfumed
oil from it. She rubs her shoulders and breast, gazing musinlgy at the
necklace. The one I had
of the coins struck in Caesar's
We're going on a voyage -
I shall want to take it with me...
the oil flacon back onto the crystal boat, stares at it for an instant,
then pushes it away. It drifts through the petals aimlessly. Cleopatra
emerges into towels held by her attendants. The bath is empty.
The crystal boat floats to the end of the bath,
where the water cascades over the sides into the secondary bath below.
It is carried over and crashes. The scene
dissolves to a promontory where a shepherd tends his sheep. He sees something
out at sea and runs toward the edge of the promontory to see better. It
is Cleopatra's barge. We see the barge entering the harbor of Tarsus, and
Cleopatra's handmaidens are throwing flower petals and gold coins to the
swimmers in the water. Townspeople of all
types - some in litters - arrive in great excitement. A deputation of local
dignitaries pushes through to the front. A swimmer climbs up, covered with
petals, his cheeks bulging with coins which he spits out into his hand.
It is a mistake. Someone jostles the hand and the coins fly in all directions,
people scrambling for them. The swimmer, undaunted, dives back into the
water. Someone examines a coin, biting into it. "Gold!" is heard, repeated
over and over again. Then the name "Cleopatra"...the crowd presses to the
very edge of the wharf to get a better look. Charmian
and Eiras draw back diaphanous curtains revealing Cleopatra in all her
splendor. At Antony's Palace, Rufio doesn't believe his eyes when he sees
Cleopatra, apparently coming to Antony after all. He shouts out "Cleopatra!"
Antony hurries in, sees the barge and bewilderingly says, "It must be!"
Then he orders Rufio to get plans underway for a banquet in Cleopatra's
honor at Antony's palace. He screams for a
barber to shave him. The scene dissolves to
the wharf of the Tarsus harbor. There, Cleopatra's barge is several feet
from the wharf, and the boarding stage has not been lowered, keeping the
separation intact. Sosigenes is on the deck of the barge, looking down
at Rufio on the wharf. Both men are being scrutinized by the crowd of people
on the wharf.
me, noble Rufio, it is
who do not understand. Queen
at present below in
chamber, is on Egyptian
- and intends to
learned Sosigenes, you must
me when I point out that
is Tarsus, not Alexandria...
are on Tarsus, noble Rufio.
am on Egypt...
Antony bids welcome to the
- she is to be his honored
at the Palace tonight!
I assure you, tomorrow
Lord Antony will come to her
- but just for tonight...
and tomorrow night - if
Antony desires to meet her
he will come to her,
if - as he undoubtedly will -
that case, the Queen has
that we set sail at
if Lord Antony chooses simply
seize both your ship and your
looks up, Rufio following his gaze to see a good number of Egyptian bowmen,
suitably deployed. Sosigenes smiles at Rufio...
compared to your legions,
course - but enough for us to
sail when we choose.
stares at him, despairingly...
me, her Majesty would be
to leave. Apart from the
of greeting Lord Antony
so long -
raises his voice
we have many ships following us
gifts which the Queen of
had hoped to present to the
people of Tarsus! Ships
with wheat for their bread,
oil for their lamps - !
and citizens are listening anxiously...
Lord Antony would not want
ships turned back - ?
groans audibly in agreement. Rufio sighs dejectedly. Sosigenes continues...
Queen Cleopatra hopes
have not only Lord Antony and
staff - but all the Noble
and Princes of Cilicia -
her honored guests at a
tonight! Here - on
her ship - on the soil
Egypt, as ti were...
people cheer and look at Rufio. He smiles
grimly. He's been outmaneuvered, and he knows it.
shall do my best, learned friend,
prevail upon Lord Antony to
his hand in acknowledgment to Sosigenes...
for my part - I am indebted
you for this lesson in
Perhaps some day
may return the courtesy...
But not this day, noble
and bows as Rufio departs. The scene dissolves to later
that night. The banquet is ready to start and the barge is alive with lights
and decoration. A luminous curtain has been raised about the entire deck,
to shield the guests from the eyes of the onlookers on the wharf.
Rufio arrives to a hillside near the harbor, dressed in his best. He looks
at the barge, then off. He scratches his head and shakes it dubiously.
He leans against a tree and waits. Egyptian Guards keep a wide lane open
through the curious spectators. Each guard carries two torches. The lane
itself is bedecked with flower petals. The gangplank is richly draped and
stretches to the wharf. Sosigenes comes out to stand on top of the gangplank.
He looks searchingly to his right - and then his left. He scratches his
chin meditatively, then goes back in. Inside, there are two groups of people
on either side of the banquet area. To one side - Cleopatra's handmaidens
and slaves, carrying enormous trays of drink and tidbits. They stare, confused
and bewildered, across the deck at the other group - the invited dignitaries
and potentates, richly attired in Eastern panoply. They huddle in clumps,
their backs to the other group. They ignore the passing trays of food and
drink. Between the two groups, Apollodorus paces somberly. Sosigenes crosses
to Charmian and Eiras.
more try, do you think? To
our guests to - ah -
no use. They will not
- they won't eat or
until Her Majesty makes
behaving strangely. As
they were under instructions -
doubt they are. Well... I
you'd better go below - to
nods and she and Eiras leave. Apollodorus, in his pacing, comes abreast
if you were to propose a
- the health of Lord Antony -
would drink to it...
have. Individually, and in
They bow politely - and
me drink. The health of
Antony is ruining my own!
may not last the night...
there's nothing left to do
I shall let you know...
moves on toward the look-out perch of the barge, and mounts the steps leading
up to it. As Sosigenes comes up, the lookout points to a distant light
flashing toward the barge.
he still there?
my Lord. That light flashing
the hill is one of our signal
there, on the wharf...is Lord
well apart form the crowd on the wharf, is a food vendor with a lighted
brazier. He uses a pan over the brazier to signal. Rufio, still looking
down on the barge from his waiting place, sighs and turns away, crossing
to Antony - huddled in a litter - his head poked out between the curtains.
yet. It seems pretty clear
waiting for you to arrive...
am not going to appear before
does, if I have to sit here
back inside the curtains, angrily. Rufio goes back to his vigil. As Sosigenes
comes down from the look-out perch, he calls out...
standing by the potentates, turns...
may announce Her Majesty...!
to a place of vantage from which he can address the gathering. Sosigenes
gestures to the musicians. They stop playing. The potentates exchange glances
of relief and pleasure. A few of them glance across toward the girls -
who also react in happy expectation...
Most Gracious Majesty,
- Queen of the Two
signals the musicians and the music flares. The potentates and maidens,
thoroughly mingled, flock toward the companionway. From the wharf, the
food vendor removes the cover from his brazier and fans the flames to their
highest. From the hillside, Rufio reacts with equal excitement and runs
to Antony's litter.
Queen has just made her
sticks his head out and smiles smugly.
lesson for you, Rufio,
women. They're too curious
play the waiting game.
to Rufio and his honor guard and litter take off. Back on the barge, Apollodorus
makes his way through the eager guests crowding up to the companionway
doors. Apollodorus throws open the doors and bows. So do the potentates.
Eiras appears, thoroughly overcome by her reception. The potentates first
have a look of consternation, then resentment. Apollodorus, beside himself
thousand pardons, Gracious Lords - !
terrible mistake - I was informed,
is, under the impression - oh,
could such a thing happen?
smiles smugly. From the shore, a great flourish of Roman
tubii is heard. The potentates turn in reaction.
Rufio and the honor guard ride in, followed
by Antony and his litter. The curtains to the gangplank are pulled back
so that all may see him arrive. The crowd cheers. Antony takes his own
sweet time, now that he is assured the Queen waits for him. He descends
from his litter, salutes the crowd in a regal manner, then with princely
bearing and stately step, starts up the gangplank to be met by Cleopatra
- he thinks. All the potentates are still at the companionway, at the opposite
end of the barge from the gangplank. They rush to welcome Antony and greet
him effusively, crowding around him. He acknowledges their greetings with
equal effusiveness - still assuming that Cleopatra is among them. [With
Caesar dead, Antony, for all intents and purposes, is next in line to take
his place. It is extremely important to Antony that everyone see, and know,
that Cleopatra is coming to HIM, that she is honoring HIS "summons" to
her. It is critical to him (and his ego) that she come to him - as she
came to Caesar. Cleopatra has the feeling Antony is more interested in
"dark women with white teeth", than in pursuing the dream of world dominance
she shared with Caesar. Until Antony proves his ambition is equal to hers,
she will not accept him as anything but second to Caesar - a rank not deserving
of having a Queen honor his "summons". As her subtle way of reminding him
of this, she deliberately wears the necklace of coins bearing Caesar's
likeness in his presence. This power play between to two, with Cleopatra
winning, gives their words of greeting quite a different context from what
is left for us to gather in the edited scene from the film. Especially
Cleopatra's first words to Antony. Unfortunately, the set up for the joke
has been deleted. This greatly weakens the punch line. It would be of great
interest to know how many people, after reading this and learning the "set
up", now view this sequence with a great degree of underplayed humor.]
Then, Egyptian trumpeteers let fly with the
loudest and most elaborate fanfare of all! This time, Cleopatra really
appears. She enters. The crowd deserts Antony and rushes to the companionway
to greet her. Antony, left standing alone, seethes. Cleopatra comes to
greet Antony, saying dryly, "Mark Antony - how prompt you are!" And, "I
had hoped I would be here to welcome you as you came on board." The scene
continues as Cleopatra and Antony talk about the three years since their
remember - that night - in
saying it could still come true...
said so much that night -
drinks. Surrounded by chomping, greasy, greedy
guests, Sosigenes and Rufio are together. Sosigenes eats only raw vegetables,
which he scrubs or peels carefully. Rufio doesn't eat at all. He drinks
along boat-loads of
and oil for the common
She learned that from
But you have all come to
- on Egyptian soil. Nobody
carrying a spitted lamb, pause by him, but they are waved off. They continue
on to a fat potentate who, full of wine, has become amorous towards Eiras.
He pulls her from her ottoman on to his own. Terrified, she squirms helplessly
on his knee as the nuzzles her.
standing behind Cleopatra, bends so that Cleopatra may whisper to him.
He nods and goes toward the fat potentate molesting Eiras. As he approaches,
seemingly by accident, he kicks the ottoman out from under the potentate.
As he hits the deck, Apollodorus helps Eiras up and watches her scamper
off. He then bows in deep apology to the potentate. Antony, watching, lifts
his wine in appreciation...
done. Brother to the King of
waited until after dinner -
the sweets are passed...
then - and even for the brothers
kings - some dishes are out of
continues from here with Antony suggesting he get rid of all the guests.
Cleopatra tells him she's arranged an entertainment, "...in the Greek fashion
- to welcome the god Bacchus". He continues, saying that if he left, the
others would have to leave, too. He could return in an hour and they could
talk, "...until we had nothing more to say." Cleopatra tells him she is
setting sail for Alexandria in the morning....
you've come all this way - for
this one night. All this way -
make a fool of me...
a fool of you? Before whom?
fools - ?
kings - rulers who respect
name and authority of Rome!
guest rises suddenly. He raises one hand with a goblet, the other holding
a leg of lamb.
lifts her goblet in response...
anyone who will feed them! A
of greedy swine content to
themselves into captivity!
these the conquests by which
wish to be remembered? Is
to be the limit of your world, Antony?
why have you come?
you'd feel less a fool if
stayed the night with me - is
scene continues as the entertainment begins. Dancing girls encircle an
intoxicated Antony, enticing and teasing him. Then, on the entertainment
floor, he notices 'Cleopatra' seated beside the god Bacchus. He makes a
beeline toward her, but the dancing girls spin him, distracting him from
her. He breaks loose from them, shoves Bacchus out of the way, and takes
his place beside 'Cleopatra'. He kisses her in front of everyone. Then
he realizes the real Cleopatra is gone and leaves to find her. Below deck,
he finds Cleopatra in bed. The scene continues and reveals Antony's constant
feeling of being second-best to Caesar in every way. It is no longer a
matter of using Caesar to tease and lure Antony. For the first time, Cleopatra
sees an agonized and tortured man. Painfully laying bare - for them both
to see - the unique symbol Cleopatra has become of all that Caesar had
been, and all that Antony fears he can never become. He confesses that
thoughts of her have filled his life and he wants to be free from them
- and her. "But, I will never be free from you." They kiss, and the scene
dissolves to the next morning. Cleopatra and Antony lie together. For the
first time in each of their lives, they have become lovers in the true
sense. For Antony, he fell in love with Cleopatra, "... from the first
instant I saw you - entering Rome - on that monstrous stone beast...".
For Cleopatra, since she was twelve, and he was a young cavalry officer
stationed at the palace in Alexandria. She ends the scene with, "We'll
make this our beginning. Beginning with this night, you must never envy
Caesar - or anyone - anything again." The scene dissolves to the Roman
Senate. Octavian is speaking:
and so it seems that the heart
our Empire to the East now
in Alexandria. Are we
find this alarming?
cries of, "No!' from the left (Antony's adherents), and "Yes!" from the
once I find myself in agreement
our noble colleagues on the
- Antony's loyal friends,
to the last...
with the people of
- of all Italy!
Italy! Nothing now matters
Antony but his Egyptian trollop!
a storm of shouting...
him out -
after all, has had some
at first hand, of
- way - with Roman
I recall it, Agrippa, you
that knowledge - about
time Caesar sent you crawling
to Rome with your tail
laughter from those about him.
would crawl happily to Rome
than remain panting
this cat in perpetual
from the right. Octavian quiets them...
you grow too angry - too
What has Antony done - that
upset us? Left the
of Rome unfinished in
- neglected the rebellion
Palmyra - ignored the complaints
the Jews against Herod - paid
heed to the Parthians already
Mesopotamia, preparing to
upon Syria - forgot Rome
his duty to Rome - to hurry
Egypt after a discarded
of Julius Caesar?
mingled shouts of approval and disapproval.
Octavian moves about, as he waits for them to subside.
all, this is nothing new.
so many years, Antony has
upon the crumbs that fell
Julius Caesar's table...
continues with Octavian pointing out how much time and thought Antony has
given to Cleopatra and Egypt, and how little to Rome. Germanicus, defending
Antony, is asked by Octavian to, "...stay not too long in Rome." The scene
dissolves to the exterior of the palace in
Alexandria. Beside the water, near the colonnade, Cleopatra watches as
Antony fights a mock duel with Caesarion.
uses a wooden sword and shield, as does Antony. The duel, though play,
is fought seriously. Antony is instructing the boy. Caesarion attacks.
Antony deftly parries his thrusts:
me in! - feint! - your wrist,
your wrist stiff - your arm,
wrist, the sword, all one -
your shield up! Keep your
the course of the battle, Antony has retreated until he stands before Cleopatra
- his back to her. Swiftly, Cleopatra tickles Antony.
drops his shield and Caesarion "strikes home". Antony lets his sword drop
and falls. Caesarion jumps astride him, his sword at Antony's throat. Proudly,
he looks over at his mother...
keep your shield up - and
have a friend at your enemy's
- to tickle him...
gestures sternly: "Thumbs down". Caesarion promptly stabs at Antony's heart.
Antony howls with pain and simulates terrible death throes. Caesarion,
alarmed, drops his sword and throws himself on Antony...
die! Please don't die - !
laughs, rolls Caesarion over and roughhouses him. Cleopatra, enjoying it,
makes the mistake of getting too close. Antony pulls her down and tickles
her in revenge. All three are in a happy tangle.
continue their horseplay in the background as Sosigenes and Ramos come
is dead. The Senate has
his territories and powers
Octavian. He means to have
he will. If he can keep
away from Rome. What more - ?
much. Germanicus will tell you
when he's rested...
Cleopatra who must be told -
she will listen...
surely - after Germanicus has
all this way - she must know
that was once most
to our Queen, Ramos -
now become least important...
the background, Cleopatra, Antony and Caesarion stroll off together...
if Octavian should take it all -
will be nothing left for
Isn't she aware of that?
used to be. She used to be
aware of that. But then -
can I put it? - she
starts to walk, Ramos beside him, in the opposite direction from Cleopatra...
can happen to generals, philosophers,
- even queens - and we blame
praise the gods. But whose fault
it when, quite unexpectedly, a
falls hopelessly in love...?
must have been one of the most painful cuts Mankiewicz had to make. For
the only time in the entire film, we would have seen Cleopatra blissfully
happy, playful, at peace, and enjoying being a mother and "wife". She is
free from the weight of the world, duties, responsibilities, and political
ambitions. And, for the viewer, our greatest opportunity to see the "other"
side of Cleopatra. Again, the character contrast has been removed.]
continue to walk out of the scene. In the background we still see the distant
figures of Cleopatra, Antony and Caesarion. The scene dissolves to
the throne room. Cleopatra is on the throne