Continued from "The Restored Cleopatra", page 19 - Octavian has made the remark, "Queen Cleopatra's second procession into Rome will surpass her first." The scene dissolves to the exterior of the Palace in Alexandria. Near the Palace entrance is a small group, including Cleopatra and Caesarion. Cleopatra moves away from the group, with Caesarion...



Your guard will escort you to
Arabia, and then into India.
When matters are settled here,
you will return - to stay. To
find your destiny in Alexandria -
as it was prophesied...
(she places Pompey's
ring about his neck)
The ring your father gave you -
let it be yours to keep, now.
Wear it with pride and with



I'm afraid. I know I shouldn't be...



Who told you that? All kings - and

especially queens - are afraid.

But they just manage not to show

it - something ordinary people

cannot do...

They embrace and he runs to mount his horse. His escort helps him up, then they ride off. Cleopatra waits until he is out of sight, then heads toward her mausoleum with Charmian and Eiras. The scene dissolves to a desert road. Antony, Rufio, Vallus, a Roman officer and three Egyptian officers ride quickly. Antony and the Romans are in front, followed by the Egyptians. Antony sees something and holds up his hand as a signal to stop. They come to a halt and see a large, disorganized army of mercenaries and Egyptians riding as fast as they can in the opposite direction. There is no shape or formation to the troops - they are obviously retreating in confusion as quickly as possible. As they watch, Rufio moves alongside of Antony. Vallus and the other Roman officer are just behind. The three Egyptian officers are together, and apart from the rest.




Cleopatra's. Mercenaries and local
troops -


(a wry smile)
They seem in a hurry. Do you
suppose they know they're going
the wrong way?


They haven't gone far - we're
almost at the encampment -
 - where you'll find your legions


Both of them. Against Octavian's

Suddenly - without warning - the Egyptian officers bolt at full gallop. They ride off to join the retreating army. Vallus draws his sword and whirls his horse to follow...


(Vallus stops)
Let them go...
(to Rufio)
Octavian has moved quickly. He
must be closer than we thought -

He starts off at a gallop. The other three ride after him. The scene dissolves to somewhere in the desert. From over the crest of a hill, in the distance, Caesarion and his guard are riding hard. In the foreground, unseen by Caesarion and his escort, is a patrol of mounted Roman archers. They take careful aim at the horses galloping below them. Caesarion is hit, and is thrown wildly from his horse. The rider of the pack horse is hit. Both he and his horse go down. The rest of the escort rides on. The pack horse scrambles to its feet - without its packs. Lying on the ground, split open by the impact, are the packs. Caesarion's golden armor is revealed - it glints in the sunlight. Octavian's patrol close in on the still figure of the little boy. The scene dissolves to Antony, Rufio, Vallus and the other officers riding into Antony's encampment. [At this point, the script and film do not match. It is obvious this scene was completely rewritten. What follows is how this scene was written according to the original script.] The camp is deserted. There is not a soldier to be seen. But, countless evidences that an army had been there and left hurriedly! Through the deserted expanse - one lonely little dog walks forlornly. Antony and his men stare unbelievingly at the sight. Rufio slips wordlessly from his horse. He starts to roam the scene of the massive desertion. The dog approaches the group and stares up curiously at the men.


Not all the living have deserted
me, it seems...
(a bitter smile)
Is he a Roman dog, I wonder - ?

Rufio continues to move through the debris and remains of the deserted camp. He is, to begin with, almost numbed by shock. For Rufio - whose existence has symbolized loyalty at its highest and most faithful level, whose life has been spent in serving two men with unquestioning faithfulness - the effect of the desertion is almost that of a sudden and gigantic amputation. The pain and horror of the loss arrive slowly. As it does now, with him. Antony, and the others watch Rufio curiously. Suddenly, from the direction of a high dune beyond the encampment, comes the sound of the beating of thousands of swords against thousands of shields! It is a frightening and blood-curdling noise - and grows constantly louder and nearer. Antony looks toward it alertly and draws his sword. Vallus and the other officer draw theirs. Rufio does not react at all to the noise - he continues his walk as if not hearing. Suddenly he stops. He stares down. Half buried in the sand is an abandoned standard with the "X" of the Tenth Legion. He bends slowly to raise it. Tears in hs eyes, he stares up at it. Slowly, he draws his sword. With their swords in hand, Antony, Vallus and the other officer face the approaching and increasing noise. The Roman Officer cannot stand it. Desperately, he gallops toward the high dune. As he rides, he throws away his sword. Antony turns to face Vallus. Vallus, rigid with fear, has made no effort to chase the Roman officer. Antony stares at him curiously. Vallus turns away - then reacts in sudden horror to what he sees. Antony follows his look.


(a desperate yell)

Rufio kills himself in the traditional Roman manner, he "falls upon his sword". As he falls, he hits the standard of the Tenth Legion. It falls with him. The sand turns red with his blood. [There is a revision added to the script, which handles this scene a bit differently, but it still is completely unlike what we see in the completed film. In the film, we see Antony awaken, instantly knowing something is wrong because none of his guards came to wake him. Nor did Rufio, who was to wake him if any of the guards "forgot", or, "misjudged the time". He leaves his tent to find Rufio dead. Using the two versions of this scene, and what remains of the scene from the film, we most likey would have seen Rufio rise to make sure Antony was awakened. He then would find the camp deserted; this time, Antony's men have deserted HIM. (A payback for Actium?) Unable to bear the disloyalty shown to Antony, and, perhaps, preferring to die rather than see the look on Antony's face when he tells him he has been abandoned, Rufio falls on his sword.] Antony whirls his horse as if to ride to Rufio - then stops as he sees Octavian's troops cresting the dune, the sound of the beating now at its peak. Behind the wedge of officers, visible just over the dune, gleam row upon row of thousands of shining spears, javelins, standards, pennants, etc. The sound of the beating comes to an abrupt stop. There is a sudden great quiet. Antony and Vallus face Octavian and his forces. Antony stares rigidly ahead at Octavian. Behind him, Vallus is crying with fear. Antony does not turn to him:


Vallus. You had better join them...

Vallus tries to refuse, but cannot bring himself to speak. He merely shakes his head - tears running down his face...


I command you to go.


(a whisper)
Forgive me, my Lord...

He starts toward Octavian's army. As Vallus rides across to the dune, Antony is now alone - except for the little dog. It sits near the feet of his horse. There is a stillness. It is suddenly broken by Octavian:


(calling out)
Mark Antony! Join with us!
(Antony doesn't move)
Your legions are here - they ask
that you lead them now in the name
of Rome! Your brothers - your
countrymen - your honor waits
for you here!
(Antony doesn't move)
Join with us! Or let the memory
of your name recall, for all time,
that you stood alone - as an
enemy - before the united legions
of Rome!

Antony rides closer. He comes to a halt, confronting Octavian who remains behind the wedge of officers...


I have but one enemy, and I face
him now - almost. There is a line
of officers between us. Octavian
is my enemy - not Rome, never Rome!
And I am yours! Not Egypt, not
Cleopatra - but me! Come out and
face me - come from behind your
wall of guards and face your enemy!


I can think of no more wasteful way
for either of us - especially me -
to die...


Then you - Agrippa! Your leader,
your Caesar, your god is afraid -
is it your turn to fight in his
place? Come out!

Agrippa tenses, then controls himself. He is obviously under orders to do just that. As are they all. Antony whirls his horse angrily and rides along the wedge of officers...


Romans! Any of you! All of you!
Grant me an honorable way to die!

There is no reaction. In utter desperation, Antony draws his sword. He rides madly at the apex of he wedge, in an effort to break through and reach Octavian. The officers close ranks swiftly. They ward off Antony's blows with their shields - but do not strike back. Panting and dripping with sweat, Antony draws back with his horse. He stares at them in frustration - and then becomes suddenly quiet. He is now cut off completely from Rome - and the awareness of it has reached him. He slaps his sword back into its scabbard. From his saddle blanket he picks up he gold baton signifying the Roman Imperator. He looks at it:


Before me, this was carried by
another Roman - killed by Rome.
Another Caesar...

He tosses the baton into the sand at the feet of Octavian's horse. Then he turns and rides off - toward Alexandria. Octavian and his officers watch Antony go. Then, upon a signal from Octavian, they turn their horses and ride back over the top of the dune. The scene is now completely deserted - except for the little dog. Curiously, he trots over to where Antony has thrown the baton. He sniffs at it. It is not a bone. The little dog sits and scratches himself. The scene dissolves to the open doors of Cleopatra's mausoleum. Through the doors is seen a stream of Alexandrians, their possessions and animals with them, push their way past the palace. Charmian and Eiras close the mausoleum doors and lower the bolt into place. The scene switches to Octavian heading his army toward Alexandria. He has Pompey's ring, still on its chain. He removes the chain and puts the ring on his hand. Following him is a wagon carrying the body of Caesarion and his golden armor. [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 Antony, riding into the Palace enclosure in Alexandria. He enters the Palace and we see him come through the secret passage into Cleopatra's bedroom. It is deserted, except for Apollodorus, who sits at Cleopatra's dressing table. Before him are several small flasks, which he opens and sniffs...


Where is she?

Apollodorus makes no reply...


Where is she?


Gone -


Where? There's no time to lose!


Her Majesty said to tell you -
she can be found in the last
possible place anyone would
look. Literally - the last
possible place...


His meaning is unmistakable. Antony stares at him...


She might have waited. She
might have known that I would
want - to go along...
(a strange smile)
Once more, it seems, Cleopatra
is out of reach - and I must
hurry after. Throughout life,
and now beyond - one woman,
one love, nothing changes
except life into death...
(he holds out his
sword to Apollodorus)
Will you help me?


Apollodorus rises, but makes no move...

All the years you've loved her -
[Yet another remark reminding
us of the love between Cleopatra
and Apollodorus. And, yet again,
left out, as were all the others.]
hated the men she loved - hated
me. Don't be left alone with
all that hate unused - spare me
some - as if she were still
alive - as if the survivor
were to have her - help me
to die, Apollodorus!


I want to. But I can't...


Antony nods slowly, as if in understanding.

I've always envied Rufio his long arms...

[This is a reference to Rufio's death by the same manner.] He places his sword against his body and thrusts it into himself, throwing himself down the steps in an effort to drive the sword deeper. Apollodorus, overcome by guilt and self-reproach, hurries to his side. He turns Antony over, badly wounded - but still alive. He manages a bitter smile...


The ultimate desertion - I from
myself. Else how could I have
missed - what I must have aimed
for all my life? Will you
finish me now - where is my
sword? - I beg you to finish me!


I lied to you - I let you think
the Queen is dead - but she is
alive in her tomb, waiting for
you -


Cleopatra - ? Waiting - ?


[At long last, finally, Cleopatra is waiting for Antony!]


I wanted you to die first, I
lied to you. I don't know why -


In your place I would have lied,
too - but I would have killed
you with a smile...
(he raises an arm
She doesn't like to be kept
waiting - we could be there
in time - there might be just
enough time - if you'll help me...

Apollodorus helps Antony to his feet and they start off. The scene dissolves to Octavian, heading his army toward Alexandria. He has Pompey's ring, still on its chain. He removes the chain and puts the ring on his hand. Following him is a wagon carrying the body of Caesarion and his golden armor. [This is the correct placement for the scene.] The scene dissolves to the exterior of Cleopatra's mausoleum. Antony, lying on a construction sling, is being hoisted up by Apollodorus. The scene continues as we see it. Antony is hoisted to a window at the top of the mausoleum, where he is pulled inside by Cleopatra, Charmian and Eiras. There, Antony and Cleopatra share their last moments together...


Sleep...will you come tonight - so
that I can sleep - the dark sleep..?
(he looks up at her)
They did meet after all - the


They will always meet...


Be lonely for me...


But not for very long. I promise...


Antony smiles. He seems to grow weaker - he struggles to speak...

I thought always that - I would
die so well. As becomes - a
soldier...a soldier's death...


At the very end - men die, not
soldiers. And women, not queens...


I - I lived always as I saw fit -
(an attempt at
a smile)
- unfittingly. I would make it
up - I thought - in death. I -
I expected too much of me - in
death as in life...

Cleopatra holds her arms closer about him. She closes her eyes, as if actually sensing what she relates to him:


How strange to feel - as if it
were my blood - not only all of
my love, but my power to love
and desire to love - drain out
of me to rest in you, and remain
with you...


Have you - are you holding me..?


Never so closely...

The scene continues uncut with Antony requesting one last kiss, " take my breath away." She kisses him as he dies. She stares down at him, knowing - and yet not wanting to know...and says, "There has never been such a silence." She hears the sound of the Romans approaching and holds Antony even closer, as if trying to protect him from them. The scene dissolves to the exterior of the Palace, and Octavian's army marching past the avenue of rams into the Royal Enclosure. The scene switches to Cleopatra's bedroom being invaded by Octavian and his men. There, they find Apollodorus, dead from a "...poison that smells like perfume." As Octavian moves to explore other areas of the bedroom, an officer, quite casually, informs him that Cleopatra has been found in her mausoleum, and that Mark Antony is dead. Octavian is outraged that the passing of such a man as Mark Antony should be so casually stated.


Shake with terror when such words
cross your lips, less they be untrue...
(and continues)
...The dying of such a man must be
shouted, screamed - it must echo
back from the corners of the
Universe - Antony is dead!
Mark Antony of Rome lives no more!

He stands before the library - roughly where Cleopatra stood to call Antony's name the night of her rejection by him. Octavian's officers stare silently at him. Lost in his own thoughts, he moves into the library, sits moodily in Cleopatra's chair.


How can I not have sensed the
precise moment, the instant of
his dying? The earth should have
moved. The singing of the birds, the
clanking of swords, the noises of
mankind should have stopped for
that precise moment, that instant.
(he sits, stares
unseeingly at the
For so long he was so much of my
life. To be gone so swiftly,
and his going so little noticed -
he is dead, it is over, I have
won it all. Antony is dead, so
much of my life is over. I have
won it - all. Suddenly, there
is nothing to fear - and nothing
to think about...

With a swift movement, he buries his face in his hands. The scene dissolves to the exterior of Cleopatra's mausoleum. Agrippa pounds on the doors with the hilt of his sword. As he shouts, a squad of legionnaires carrying grappling hooks approaches quickly...


Your Majesty! You have nothing
to fear from Caesar Augustus!
Permit me to escort you to
him - he wishes to receive you
not as a defeated enemy but
as an equal, an ally of Rome!

The squad with the grappling hooks arrives and starts throwing the hooks up at the window above. Inside the mausoleum, Cleopatra, Charmian and Eiras stand near Caesar's statue, facing the door and listening. Antony's body, covered by one of Cleopatra's robes, lies below the statue, on the block of stone where he had lain earlier.

The pounding of Agrippa's sword-hilt, and his muffled shouts drown out the noise of the grappling hooks being thrown against the other wall...


(through the door)
August Caesar is ready to return
to you your country and your
throne! He wants only to
discuss the terms of peace -
he desires you to hear from
his own lips the extent of
his generosity and good will!

The three women remain motionless. Cleopatra smiles grimly at the thought of Octavian's generosity and good will. The grapplers have their hooks fast. Silently, they start to climb up the wall, and into the window. Agrippa presses against the doors, shouts even more urgently:


My lady, Caesar wishes to speak
with you particularly about
your son! He will confirm
his rule over Egypt! Is your
son with you? Will you both
meet with Caesar? Give me
some answer - come close to
the doors so that I may hear it!

The mention of Caesarion has stirred Cleopatra. As Agrippa continues to speak, she moves slowly toward the doors - Charmian and Eiras remain where they were.


He intends to agree, on behalf of
Rome, that King Caesarion is the
legitimate son of Julius Caesar -
that Egypt and Rome, united by
blood, shall remain one forever..!

Cleopatra listens attentively - less-than-believingly - but intrigued. Eiras, turning away casually, sees the grapplers almost on them. She screams. She and Charmian attempt to run to Cleopatra, but they are seized and held fast. Cleopatra whirls at the scream - whips out her dagger and attempts to stab herself - but one of the men grabs her wrist. She, too, is held.

Other grapplers hurry to the doors, unbolt and swing them open. Agrippa enters, followed by his officers. As he enters:


(to one of the officers)
Tell my Lord Caesar we have
Cleopatra -
(the grappler presents
him with Cleopatra's
- as he wanted her. Alive.

The officer hurries out. Agrippa studiously avoids looking at Cleopatra. He regards the tomb curiously. Outside the mausoleum, Octavian hurries toward the open doors of it and enters alone. Inside, Charmian and Eiras stand together, not far from Cleopatra who is seated dejectedly. She does not look up as Octavian enters. Octavian ignores Cleopatra as he comes in. He crosses immediately to Antony's corpse. Agrippa uncovers his face. Octavian stares down impassively...


She covered him with this. Shall
I have him buried in a Roman


Octavian looks over at Cleopatra. She doesn't stir...


(for Cleopatra's
No! Rome must no longer intrude
itself upon Antony...

Agrippa gestures to the legionnaires who carry Antony's body out of the mausoleum. Antony's body passes Cleopatra; she raises her eyes briefly for one last look - then drops them again. Octavian, his hands folded absently behind his back, crosses to stand before her. She does no look up...


You needn't lower your head
before Caesar -


I never did. But if he were
here, I would be happy to...


I am Caesar.


If it pleases you, Octavian.


The scene continues with only one minor cut...


...You will first accompany
me to Rome.


Behind your chariot - ?


Look at me!
(she does do)
You make it difficult for me to
be generous...


I do not like the workmanship of
your Roman chains. Too heavy -
and too vulgar...


You will go anywhere I say -
however I say...


Would the proud citizens of Rome
wait for hours in the hot sun -
to see my dead body dragged
through the Forum..?

The scene continues uncut. Octavian, absently bringing his hands from behind his back, gives Cleopatra the sight of Pompey's ring on his hand. As she sees it, she realizes Caesarion is dead and closes her eyes in a spasm of private grief. She remarks that Octavian has not mentioned her son. He claims to have forgotten about him and asks his whereabouts. She replies only, "Safe."  Then, she asks, "If I go with you to Rome, will you permit my son to rule Egypt - and his sons - and theirs?"  "I will do everything I can," he replies. She then asks for some private rest. Octavian seems agreeable if she promises not to harm herself in any way. She answers, "I swear it - on the life of my son." He turns to go. Cleopatra adds, "Must the guards remain inside? I have, after all, sworn on the life of my son." Octavian gestures for the guards to leave. Now alone...


Will he keep his word? Will
Caesarion be permitted -


How could you not see Caesarion's
ring - Pompey's ring - on Octavian's


But the prophecy of Isis - that
Caesar's son and yours would
one day find his destiny here -
in Alexandria...


My poor little son - found it
so soon. The destiny of us all...
And now, I must make ready -
to go...


There is little to do. Your boxes
are still packed -


(sensing something)
Will Charmian and I be permitted
to go along - ?


This once, it is perhaps better
that I travel - unattended...
(the girls exchange
a look)
First - I shall want something to
(a strange smile)
Something to sustain me on my way...


Some fruit - perhaps?


I have a sudden craving for - fresh
figs. Do you have them - ?


Prepared - as you wanted...


Bring them to me...
(Charmian doesn't
(Charmian looks away.
Cleopatra turns to
You, then, Eiras...

The rest of the film continues uncut. Eiras brings in the basket of figs as Cleopatra is finishing a written message. She tell Eiras that it is to be dropped to the guards as, "...the last thing you do." Cleopatra takes the basket of figs, and as she puts her hand deep into it, says, "The taste of these, they say, is sharp, and swiftly over."


How strangely awake I feel. As
if living had been just a long
dream - someone else's dream -
now finished at last...
(a sharp intake of
breath, as the asp
And that now will begin - a dream
of my own. Which will never end...

Antony - wait.......

Her eyes gently close and the scene dissolves to Cleopatra's apartment. Piles and baskets of gold treasure are strewn about. Octavian, on Cleopatra's throne, receives a message from "the Egyptian Queen". It is read to him...

"My one wish - which I implore
you to grant - is to be buried
at the side of Antony. To
remain there until all things

Octavian has not waited beyond the word "buried". He hurries out of the apartment, Agrippa following. They stride into the mausoleum to find Cleopatra, in all her golden glory, lying in state upon the stone slab in the center of the room. Eiras lies where she was - but now sprawled in death. Charmian, dying, struggles to remain erect as she arranges her mistress' costume for the last time. Tight-lipped with fury, Octavian turns and leaves quickly.


Was this well done of your Lady?


Extremely well. As befitting
the last of so many noble rulers...

She dies. As the Narrator speaks, the camera pulls back, in a continual retreat, through the open doors of the tomb. The action presses to a stop. The colors begin to fade - the effect of eons of aging transforms the scene to that of an ancient freize.


"...and the Roman asked, 'was
this well done of your Lady?'
And the servant answered,
'Extremely well. As befitting
the last of so many noble rulers...'"

The screen fades to black.