Tuesday, March 9, 2021

By the Gods!

Matte painting from CLEOPATRA (1963)

In order to view the matte painting in its entirety, I had to combine two images which explains why there are two Roman litter when there was actually just one. Since this is a super production, the matte painting are massive in scope. This one has the camera panning from right to left, following the Roman litter. It's a brief scene but like everything else in this movie, it's quite eye filling. Remarkably enough though, CLEOPATRA has just a handful of matte paintings. This is such a humongous production that nearly everything was shot in camera. The horse statue in the middle is also part of the painting.

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