A Queen for Caesar (1962)
A Petit Cleopatra
As the rightful heir to the throne of Egypt Cleopatra (Pascale Petit) finds herself having to deal with her brother Ptolemy (Corrado Pani) who wants the throne for his own. Despite being manipulative herself Cleopatra falls foul of the scheming Ptolemy and finds herself thrown in the palace prison. Fortunately her beauty and her mental strength gives Cleopatra many admirers who will do anything for her including helping her escape. But escaping from the palace prison is just the start of an adventure to get her thrown back.
I am not the biggest of fans of the poorly dubbed movies which came out of Europe during the 60s but as I will watch and review pretty much anything I still occasionally watch one. Yet ironically after stumbling across "A Queen for Caesar" maybe I should watch more as this was actually quite decent. So okay "A Queen for Caesar" is not the epic of say "Cleopatra" but with it telling the story of Cleopatra before Caesar it is a bit more interesting than you might expect.
Having said that "A Queen for Caesar" whilst telling a lesser known story, and for all I know a fictitious one, does end up a bit generic at times due to the nature of the story. We have the scheming in the palace, the over the top evil of Ptolemy and the seductive Cleopatra using her looks to get what she wants. From a content point of view it isn't that original yet it is still entertaining even if it doesn't have that epic glamour of other movies.
What this all boils down to is that "A Queen for Caesar" is an entertaining little movie and whilst featuring all the flaws you expect from one of these dubbed historical movies which came out of Europe during the 60s the basic drama itself is engaging enough to be worth watching if only once.
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