Monday, September 19, 2011

Photo of the Day

Charlton Heston struts his stuff in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. Eric Porter tries not to look there. 

This is a total Heston project: he starred, directed and adapted the Shakespeare play himself. Some have criticized the film as an overblown ego project and that this scene in particular, deemed as unnecessary nudity with Heston simply showing off, is a perfect example of it. This scene wouldn't make the cut today.


Steven Lester said...

Well, okay, but isn't that how they did it then? Historical accuracy.

PEPLUM cinema said...

The critics said it wasn't needed because it wasn't in the original play. They didn't criticize it because of accuracy and such. They basically sided with Shakespeare's original vision. I don't mind the scene and the point of Heston's vision was to make the play more "adult" but it is a bit self-indulgent.