Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 18 - Antony has deserted his men to follow the departing Cleopatra. Onboard her barge, the realization of his desertion sinks in. The scene dissolves to the solitary, despondent, figure of Antony trudging a deserted beach, then to Cleopatra watching him, still alone, pacing the shore of the Royal Enclosure. The scene dissolves to an Alexandrian tavern. Antony, unshaved and unkempt, but sober, sits listlessly in a corner watching a native dance. A girl tries to squeeze in beside him. Silently he shoves her away. The proprietor, a friendly type, comes up to him, wine bottle in hand...
Some fine Cyprian wine, General?
The very best.
Antony shakes his head..
You are Lord Antony, are you not?
Antony looks at him absently...
We are most honored to serve you
here. I have no sons myself,
but of my sister - two died
proudly for you at Actium...
Antony rises abruptly and goes out. The scene dissolves to Cleopatra's apartment. Apollodorus escorts Rufio, who is travel-stained and weary - to Cleopatra's library. Cleopatra, seated with Caesarion, looks up as Rufio enters. He bows...
Tell me quickly - how many legions,
how many ships met you at Pelusium?
Quickly? That I can. A handful,
And the rest? What has delayed
them, how long will they -
There is no rest. Our allies ran
for home before the fleet stopped
But Antony's own legions? Thirty
thousand men with Canidius in
command - ?
Gone over to Octavian...
Cleopatra turns to Caesarion...
Which of your studies are you not
attending to - by being here with me?
Latin. It bores me...
It depends what is being said. It
can be most interesting, believe me...
(she nods to
Off you go...
Caesarion rises unwillingly, kneels to kiss his mother's hand, bows to Rufio and is led off by Apollodorus. Cleopatra turns to Rufio...
When will Octavian come to Egypt?
He has come.
Cleopatra nods, as if the answer were what she expected. She crosses to watch Caesarion being ushered out by Apollodorus.
The boy smiles at her, then goes out.
She smiles back, then turns to Rufio:
Rufio. Such as they are - will
you command my troops?
I am a Roman general, your Majesty.
Only one man can send me to fight
He won't. Or can't - it doesn't
After all this time - the same?
He still hasn't spoken - ?
(shakes her head)
At any rate, not to me...
She is on the verge of tears. She controls them, paces for a moment. Then:
Do you know Octavian - ?
I know him.
She removes a large, striking bracelet from her wrist...
Will you go to him for me - in
my name? Give him this as a
token. Bring me his terms for
I cannot speak of defeat and
surrender for Mark Antony -
In my name only! It is I
upon whom Octavian made war,
whom he defeated - and who will
surrender. I make only one
condition. Antony must go
Rufio stares at her. He takes the bracelet, kisses her hand, and leaves. The scene dissolves to the throne room. Antony is alone, slumped on Cleopatra's throne. She comes in and tells him that Octavian has entered Egypt, but he still has two legions in Alexandria that are loyal to him. He does not respond. She beseeches him to say what he wants done. For the first time since he deserted his men, he looks at her, his eyes filled with hate. She says, "It's been so long since you've looked at me, don't turn away - even like this, your eyes filled with hate, how they burn with hate - why, Antony? Why? Because I ran away? They told me you were dead." She continues, crying, "What was I to do - where was I to go in a world suddenly without you - except to my son and my country. I wanted to save them from Octavian - you would have wanted me to go, you would have commanded me to go! Tell me you would have!" Still sobbing, "They told me you were dead. They told me you were dead." He finally speaks to her, "They were quite right. I am dead." He leaves the throne room. Cleopatra is left alone, sobbing, in the great room. The scene dissolves to Octavian's tent inside the border of Egypt. Octavian sits at his campaign table. He looks down musingly at the bracelet which Cleopatra has sent. Behind him stands Agrippa. Across the table, facing Octavian, is Rufio. Begrimed and dusty from his long hard ride...
Wonderfully made, quite handsome
and - I should think - quite
valuable. From Cleopatra -
She wishes to know your terms -
Or from Antony - to my sister?
It would be more proper...
From Queen Cleopatra to you.
I would so like to send something
fitting in return. A long life
for Antony, perhaps, and a good
memory. But as it is -
(he looks up to
Tell Cleopatra that I find this
pretty enough - but not sufficiently
to the point.
She wants only a just and honorable
Which is to say - a generous one.
Tell her I am - generously inclined.
I am of a mind to let her keep her
gold, her treasures, her Egypt -
but I shall require, from her, a
more substantial token than this.
A more important guarantee of her
own generosity - and good faith...
Rufio senses his intent. He stares unbelievingly at Octavian...
Do you have something particular
Something very particular. And not
unknown as an expression of Egyptian
good faith. I have in mind the token
of peace presented to Julius Caesar
when he entered Alexandria...
Rufio's look finds Agrippa's. Agrippa looks away...
No power on earth could make me
put that into words...
You're the Queen's messenger, not
her counsel! Take the message I
give you - and go!
By way of answer, Rufio hawks deeply - then spits on the table before Octavian. Agrippa moves. Rufio's hand goes to his sword. Octavian holds up his hand, stopping Agrippa, and speaks coldly but softly to Rufio...
When the time comes, Rufio - do
not ask me for anything.
What would I ask? I have served
Caesar. And after him, Mark
Antony. What would I ask of you -
He turns and goes. Agrippa gives Octavian an inquiring look. Octavian shakes his head...
Let him return safely to Alexandria...
(he rises, paces
There is something odd here, Agrippa.
Rufio comes to speak for Cleopatra -
but not for Antony. There is little
mention of Antony - and even then -
as if, like Julius Caesar, he
belonged to the past. There is
a separation, I sense a separation
between Cleopatra and Antony...
He's failed her, she's finished
with him, she'll give him to you -
Not give. Sell. If I meet the
What would she want?
Time. Enough time for a young boy
to become a young man...
Her son by Caesar. Caesarion...
Whoever his father, whatever his
(crosses back to
Since Rufio will not deliver my
message, you will. Prepare to
leave at once...
Agrippa doesn't move.
Do you, too, find what I have in
I did, when it was Pompey. As
far as Antony is concerned - what
if this separation you sense does
not exist? What if Antony is
there - at her side?
He may kill you.
I have served you well in battle...
Continue to serve me well.
Agrippa salutes formally, and leaves. Octavian, alone, picks up the bracelet. He tosses it aside. He thinks better of it, tries the bracelet on. He keeps it on - as he studies one of a stack of scrolls. The scene dissolves to Octavian, mounted on his horse, leading his armies toward Alexandria. [In the script, this scene is actually placed a bit later in the film. Apparently, some need in the severe editing process resulted in this shift of order. The actual placement will be noted when it comes.] The scene dissolves to the outside of the Palace in Alexandria. Antony is walking restlessly and sees several horses bearing the insignia of Octavian. They are being guarded by members of Octavian's army. The officer's to whom the horses belong are obviously within the Palace. Puzzled at first, then seized by sudden suspicion, Antony hurries into the Palace. Inside, near the entrance to the throne room, he finds a hiding place where he can see and hear what is happening in the throne room proper. He hears Agrippa's voice. In the throne room, Cleopatra and Caesarion are seated on their thrones. Agrippa and some of Octavian's officers stand before her.
The armies of my Lord Caius Julius
Caesar are advancing even now,
without opposition, upon
Caius Julius Caesar? So Octavian
has now stolen all of the name.
Is he also losing his hair - ?
The people of Egypt have greeted
him everywhere as a friend, as one
who delivers them from tyranny -
There never was a conqueror who
didn't. You're being dull, Agrippa,
get to the point. What does
My Lord Caesar wishes it known
that he has no longer a quarrel
with Cleopatra of Egypt -
The scene continues as we see it. After some obvious hesitation from Agrippa to put Octavian's demands into words, Cleopatra learns that the requested peace offering is the head of Mark Antony. She removes from her necklace a coin that bears the images of her and Antony, and throws it to Agrippa as her reply, "Octavian may have two heads for the price of one. Either two - or none." The scene dissolves to the interior of Cleopatra's mausoleum. She enters to find Antony lying on a stone slab beneath the statue of Caesar. She has come to try to reason with him, to rouse him back into reality, trying to remove him from his, "...endless self-pity." She says she has, "...come for Mark Antony...", and that, "...what's left of his army, Rufio, and all of Egypt are waiting for him." He replies, "There is no one here by that name - alive..." She slaps him repeatedly. Then, he slaps her, sending her reeling to the floor. Now, finally - like a burst dam - the emotions and fears which he has repressed throughout the past many weeks - gush forth. Cleopatra had begged Antony's forgiveness for leaving him at Actium, giving her reasons - but where and to whom could he beg and weep for forgiveness? The dead? And, what was his reason for deserting his men? "Shall I say simply - I loved? That when I saw you go, I saw nothing - felt, heard, thought nothing - except your going. That my love - my master - called! And I followed. How right you were. Have as your master anyone, anything - but never love."
How wrong, how wrong I was. Antony -
the love you followed - is here...
To be had upon payment of an empire...
To love, and be loved in return.
I have come to believe that there
is the only empire which will stand
as long as man exists in time.
I have come to know that without you,
Antony, this is not a world I would
want to live in, much less conquer.
Because there would be no love for
me anywhere. Do you want me to
die with you? I will. Or I will
live with you. Whatever you choose...
Are we too late, do you think -
if we choose to live?
Better too late - than never...
Together they leave the mausoleum. As they come out, Charmian, waiting, steps back and watches them as they walk toward the Palace. Tears glisten in her eyes and she smiles after them. The scene dissolves to Octavian and his armies marching toward Alexandria. [This is the correct placement for the scene.] The scene dissolves to Cleopatra's bedroom at dawn. Cleopatra awakens. Her eyes open and close lazily, contentedly. She turns, her arm reaching out - only to discover that Antony is already gone. There is the sound of a distant assembly horn; from below her window, the sound of horses and men. She smiles sadly, but in happiness - the sounds are somehow comforting. She reaches for Antony's pillow and holds it for a moment. Charmian comes in with a robe for her. As she gets into it...
Apollodorus is waiting. He wants
to see you urgently...
Nothing is urgent any more. Suddenly,
there is time for everything...
(her smile fades)
Has everything been done?
There is a shout from outside - "Hail, Antony!" Charmian leaves and Cleopatra goes to her window. Looking out, she sees: Antony and Rufio embrace, then ride off to regroup with Antony's army for one last stand against Octavian. After they are gone, she heads to her library, where Apollodorus is waiting for her. He informs her that Octavian has posted hundreds of notices everywhere throughout the city. Cleopatra cuts him off to continue...
...promising peace to the Egyptian
people if they surrender to him,
and destruction if they do not.
My Caesar taught him that. A
peace-loving people will surrender
more easily to the fear of
destruction - than to destruction
During the dialog, Cleopatra has gone into a side room to retrieve a small chest. She brings it out and removes Pompey's ring, still on its chain.
I have had all of the placards
removed. And I have ordered
the death penalty for anyone
who spreads false rumors that
Lord Antony's men might desert
scene continues as we see it, with Cleopatra requesting the Captain of
the Guards and three of his best men to report to her at once, disguised
as merchants, to escort Caesarion out of Egypt. Apollodorus pleads with
her to take advantage of one of Euphranor's ships to leave the country
herself. She declines, saying she wants to remain in Alexandria, "...in
the last possible place anyone would look - literally - the last possible
place." He wants to go with her, but she asks him to remain in the Palace
...when Lord Antony returns,
you will be here to tell him
where to find me. Waiting for
him. Together, we shall then
do what he thinks best.
Is that clear?
Yes, my Lady...
And if Octavian should come in place
of Antony - he, too, will find me
there. Eventually. But I will
not have waited...
She nods in dismissal. Apollodorus does not move. There is a pause...
Was there anything more?
I want you to know. I have always
And I have always known.
The scene dissolves to a watering place in the desert, where Octavian and his army are replenishing their supplies. Agrippa says it is somewhat a shame to use the massive Roman army to slaughter what's left of Antony and his army. Octavian says there will be no slaughter, and doubts there will even be any bloodshed. He makes it clear that both Antony and, especially Cleopatra, are to be taken alive, concluding with, "Queen Cleopatra's second procession into Rome will surpass her first." The scene dissolves to the exterior of the Palace in Alexandria.