Deutsche Fernsehfunk presented “Caesar and Cleopatra” with a direct transmission of the successful production from the Volksbühne Berlin. The play was premiered by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) in 1899. The plot of the play begins with the fact that the beautiful Cleopatra, 16 years old, faces the victorious Roman army under the leadership of Caesar, who is accused of violence and terrible looks claims to flee to the desert; she falls asleep between the paws of a stone sphinx, and when she wakes up, she looks into the face of an older man who is friendly to her and whom she finally places her trust in, even though he appears to be a Roman. It also tells him that she is actually afraid of the Romans, especially Caesar, the general of the Roman legions. The stranger replies that Caesar's fearlessness and self-confidence prevent her from being "eaten" by him. When this man also helps her to assert herself against her subordinates in the throne room, he has completely won Cleopatra's trust ... (Source: Fernsehen der DDR)
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