History books often get this image of being boring, but if you think about it, there are so many characters throughout history that have been absolutely legendary and fascinating. And how do we know about them? Thanks to those “boring” history books. Cleopatra is beyond doubt a legendary figure in history and has also become an icon in the beauty and fashion industry. It’s been 2000 years since she walked the earth and yet she remains a style icon and there are countless movies made about her and she’s constantly referenced even in pop culture. Let’s take a look at just a few examples of Cleopatra being depicted on the screen throughout the years.
The legendary Vivien Leigh played Cleopatra in the 1945 movie Caesar and Cleopatra. The story revolved around young Cleopatra meeting Julius Caesar who teaches her how to be the ruler of Egypt. And all of that in the middle of the Roman Civil War. Cleopatra’s costumes and makeup in this movie are to die for.
While Katy Perry didn’t play Cleopatra in a movie, she did dress up as her in her 2013 music video for the song Dark Horse. Knowing Katy Perry’s love of dressing up in bright colors and unique costumes – this music video really delivers some entertaining visuals. It was certainly a unique and modernized version of Cleopatra, but the point remains, she’s still a relevant icon to this day.
If you’ve never seen Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra – what have you been doing with your life? This movie is comedy gold and honestly, everyone should watch it. It might not be the most historically accurate movie about Cleopatra, but it’s the funniest one you’ll see and Monica Bellucci as Cleo is incredible.