Elizabeth Taylor’s newly restored Cleopatra premiered at Cannes
Both in film and in history, it’s hard to imagine anyone more glamorous, ever, than Cleopatra. The Egyptian queen ruled the Nile in bold coal eyeliner and dripping in jewels – and was never more perfectly embodied on screen than by Elizabeth Taylor in 1963’s Cleopatra.
Fifty years later, in partnership with Bulgari, Twentieth Century Fox has restored the epic film, also starring Richard Burton as Mark Antony, and premiered the remastered version as part of Cannes Classics on May 21.
Jessica Chastain presented the film wearing a white Versace dress and a stunning Bulgari diamond and sapphire necklace with matching ring, which were once owned by Liz Taylor. (The set was a gift from Burton, her husband at the time.)
The screening was followed by a reception hosted by Bulgari and featured costumes from the film as well as some of Taylor’s most enchanting jewels on display. Bulgari also debuted an exclusive jewel inspired by Taylor and Cleopatra that will be auctioned off this year to raise money for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
We’re thrilled that this classic and insanely stylish movie (with storied production dramas that have become Hollywood legend) has been revived. It was only one of Elizabeth Taylor’s many iconic roles, but it might be her most memorable, and one that inspires us to remember that powerful women can also be glamorous, fashionable and sexy.
You can catch the revived classic in limited theaters around the globe starting May today, and purchase it in digital high definition exclusively on iTunes May 28.