By Stacy Schiff
Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold yet was once richer nonetheless in political and sexual intrigue. notwithstanding her lifestyles spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the traditional global. well-known lengthy prior to she was once infamous, Cleopatra has long gone down in background for the entire improper purposes. Stacy Schiff boldly separates truth from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose loss of life ushered in a brand new global order, a new release prior to the start of Christ. wealthy intimately, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous reconstruction of a stunning life.
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Reaching Cuba hiding in a steamer trunk of the heiress, Mary Taylor, Hope's Larry Lawrence emerges in a cramped, bent-over position and finds it impossible to stand straight. The comedian wobbles about the room in a squatty, legs-bent posture. In another war years work, You Got Me Covered (1942), Hope plays reporter Robert Kittredge and executes an even more elaborate physical bit. Confronting Nazi spies he gets cornered by a femme fatale who gives him a cigarette loaded with mind-bending chemicals.
His Larry Haines gets caught u p in the intrigue and is chased by the spies. Actress Carroll, as Karen Bentley, uses Larry to help in her escape as she assumes various relationships with the hapless trainer. Hope gets in a oneliner as Karen tells of her plight: KAREN: Do you know what it feels like, followed and hounded and watched every second? LARRY: I use to, but now I pay cash for everything. Another effective line from the comedian is uttered w h e n the femme fatale spy, Gale Sondergaard, produces a gun to get a scorpion p e n d a n t that is p r e s u m e d to contain microfilm: LARRY: (protesting) That might shoot somebody and I'm the only one here.
PAN TO CANISTERS SHOWING THE WORDS 1. Epson Salt, 2. Bi-Carb, 3. Plum Extract, 4. 11 There is a shot of the chemical mixer sampling the water. He grimaces, obviously finding the taste offensive. " Later in the scene we see a bronze plaque reading: BAD GASWASSER "NATURAL HOT MINERAL SPRINGS" "HEALTH FROM MOTHER EARTH" KURHOTEL EDELWEISS From the opening shots of the movie it becomes obvious that tourists coming to Bad Gaswasser are being fleeced by mineral water that is not from mother earth but a product of added chemicals and heated tap water.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff