Production info

Caesar and Cleopatra
USA, 1970  TV  

TV-series Shaw vs. Shakespeare

Donald Moffat, Richard Kiley, Suzanne Grossman
Directed by John Barnes


Third episode of a three-part docu-drama in which George Bernard Shaw compares his characterization of Julius Caesar, and his treatment of the Caesar and Cleopatra story, with Shakespeare's. Shaw's use of history comments wryly on the politics of his own time. This passionate interplay between the girl-queen and the wily conqueror provides the groundwork for his contention that there has been no social progress in the so-called Christian era, founded as it is upon judgment, guilt, and punishment.

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