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"Antony and Cleopatra": Act I, Scene 1: Beguiled by Cleopatra (03:05)


Cleopatra demands that Mark Antony tell her how much he loves her. A messenger arrives and the Queen taunts it is from Fulvia, his wife, or Octavius Caesar. Antony insists he will not hear the news from Rome.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act I, Scene 2: Soothsayer (06:23)

A soothsayer tells an attendant she will outlive her mistress. A messenger tells Mark Antony that Fulvia went to war against Lucius. Labienus has begun to conquer territories in Asia, where Antony is supposed to be ruling. Fulvia dies in Sicyon. Mark Antony feels he needs to leave Egypt and help Octavius.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act I, Scene 3: Saying Goodbye (05:39)

Mark Antony arrives and explains that he needs to leave for Rome. Cleopatra pretends to be deathly ill. After he reveals his wife is dead, she complains that Antony will forget her in the same manner.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act I, Scene 4: At Caesar's Home (03:19)

Octavius complains that Mark Antony has been neglecting his soldierly duties in Egypt. Lepidus tries to defend Antony by explaining that his good traits outweigh the negative ones. Pirates attack the seas near Rome; Octavius and Agrippa decide to ready their armies.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act I, Scene 5: Charmin Rebukes Cleopatra (04:10)

Cleopatra asks her eunuch if he can feel anything for a woman, alluding to herself, and laments her former lovers. Alexas brings a pearl from Mark Antony. Cleopatra, pleased with the gift, summons 20 messengers to carry a ton of love letters.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 1: Pirates Plot (02:25)

Sextus Pompey and Menecrates plan for the upcoming battle, relishing that Mark Antony is distracted in Egypt. Menas arrives with news that Octavius and Lepidus have amassed a large contingency. Varrius explains that Mark Antony is on his way back to Rome.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 2: Lepidus' Palace (05:34)

Lepidus encourages everyone to debate differences in a friendly manner. Octavius lists his grievances; he feels ignored. Anthony argues that he was not consulted about the war and apologized for ignoring Octavius' messenger.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 2: Finding a Solution (06:26)

Marcus Agrippa suggests that Antony marry Octavia to cement their alliance; Antony agrees. The men plan their battle against Pompey. Enobarbus recounts Antony and Cleopatra's relationship to Agrippa and Maecenas. The men argue whether Octavia can keep Antony away from Cleopatra.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 3-4: Octavius' Palace (02:19)

Antony promises he will not stray from Octavia and meets with a soothsayer, who tells him he needs to return to Egypt immediately. Now that he married to keep peace, Antony plans to return to Cleopatra.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 5: Back in Egypt (07:22)

A messenger arrives and announces Antony married Octavia. Cleopatra takes furious revenge upon the messenger who runs out, afraid she will kill him. Cleopatra sends Mardian to discover if Octavia is homely.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 6: Stopping the Battle (06:35)

Pompey and Octavius negotiate a truce. Enobarbus stops Pompey from teasing Antony about Cleopatra. Menas and Enobarbus discuss the new pact and how it spells disaster for Pompey. Enobarbus predicts the marriage of Antony and Octavia will ruin his relationship with Octavius.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act II, Scene 6: Celebration of Peace (03:07)

Antony talks about life in Egypt. Menas asks if he should cut the boat from the dock, and murder the three drunken triumvirs. Pompey confesses it would be dishonorable.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 1-3: Ventidius and Cleopatra (06:06)

Ventidius returns victorious and slays the King of Parthia's son. He declines to tell Antony of his work on his behalf; Antony takes Octavia back to Athens. A messenger explains to Cleopatra that Octavia is plain and old; she is certain she can win Antony back.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 4 and 5: Antony is Furious (02:23)

After Antony left, Octavius and Lepidus waged war against Pompey and publicly denounced Antony. Octavia pleads with him to not believe the rumors; Antony sends his wife back to Rome and prepares war against her brother. Eros delivers news of Octavius' treachery.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 6: Reign of Antony (04:21)

Antony crowns Cleopatra and himself rulers of Egypt and the eastern third of the Roman Republic. Octavius learns of Antony's betrayal. Octavia returns to the palace.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 7: Mark Antony's Camp (03:08)

Cleopatra insists she battle; Enobarbus thinks it is not a fit place for a woman and she will distract the men. Antony enters and explains that they will fight on the sea. Scarus laments that his army is weakest on the sea.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 8 - 11: Near Actium (05:50)

Octavius reminds his men not to start a land battle until the fight on the sea is over; Antony plans with Enobarbus. Canidius decides to defect to Caesar's side after watching Cleopatra and Antony retreat, leaving the rest of their troops to die. Antony laments his cowardice.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 12: Winners Rejoice (01:45)

Octavius celebrates his victory, refuses to allow Antony to remain in Egypt, and grants Cleopatra's request provided she exile or kill Antony. He sends Thyreus to lure Cleopatra to their side.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 13: Octavius' Messenger (04:52)

Enobarbus believes that Antony is responsible for the defeat. Cleopatra explains that Egypt was conquered by Antony. Antony orders Thyreus whipped after Cleopatra flirts with him.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act III, Scene 13: Antony Calms Down (05:04)

Antony blames Cleopatra for the problems with Rome; Thyreus returns from the whipping and asks if Octavius would take kindly to flirting with Cleopatra. Antony plans on attacking Octavius forces and demands one more "gaudy night." Enobarbus resolves to leave Antony's Service.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 1 and 2: Octavius' Camp (03:34)

Thyreus delivers Antony's message. Octavius scoffs at Antony's challenge and decides to fight against his army. Antony praises his soldiers and indicates that he expects death and defeat in battle.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 3-5: Before the Battle (03:51)

Antony's soldiers say goodnight and talk about the impending fight. Antony dons his armor and discovers Enobarbus left his service.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 6-8: The Battle (04:29)

Octavius wants Antony taken alive. Enobarbus is shocked and ashamed of his desertion when a messenger delivers Antony's good tidings and treasure. Cleopatra and Antony celebrate their victory, driving Octavius' armies away.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 9 -12: Enobarbus Dies (05:18)

Enobarbus dies of grief. The Egyptian fleet abandons Antony again; they lose the battle. Cleopatra flees Antony who has resolved to kill her for her treachery.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 13 and 14: Lovers Lament (04:48)

Cleopatra's attendants concoct a plan to hide her in the monument and pretend she committed suicide. Mardian tells Antony that is dead; Antony decides to die.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 14: Antony Begs to Die (05:28)

Eros refuses to slay Antony and kills himself instead. Antony falls on his sword. Diomedes enters and explains that Cleopatra is alive, hidden in her monument.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act IV, Scene 15: Antony Dies (06:58)

Cleopatra learns that Antony fell on his sword and will die soon. The lovers spend several moments together before he succumbs. When Cleopatra arouses after fainting, she decides to bury him in the noble Roman fashion and then kill herself.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act V, Scene 1: News for Octavius (03:55)

Dercetas arrives at Octavius' camp and explains that Antony killed himself. A messenger from Cleopatra arrives, wondering what Octavius will do to her. Proculeius is sent to ensure that the queen does not kill herself.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act V, Scene 2: Bowing to Octavius (08:02)

Proculeius assures Cleopatra that Octavius will care for her; Cleopatra attempts to stab herself but is stopped. Dolabella confirms that Octavius plans to lead her in triumph through the streets of Rome. Cleopatra kneels before Octavius and gives him an itemization of her assets, but Octavius refuses to take it.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act V, Scene 2: Charming Cleopatra (04:39)

Dolabella arrives and tells Cleopatra that Octavius will call for her and her children within three days. Cleopatra asks for her best clothing. A rural visitor has arrived with a gift of figs with the worm of Nilus.

"Antony and Cleopatra": Act V, Scene 2: Cleopatra's Death (07:09)

Cleopatra kisses Iras, who then dies. Cleopatra attaches the asp to her breast. After she dies, Charmian composes the queen and attaches an asp to her arm. Octavius experiences conflicting emotions about her death. The actors take their curtain call.

Credits: Antony and Cleopatra (02:12)

Credits: Antony and Cleopatra

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Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world. An HD film based on the Stratford Festival’s 2014 production of Antony and Cleopatra.

Length: 153 minutes

Item#: BVL141665

Copyright date: ©2015

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