"No day of filming was more dramatic, or rewarding for Elizabeth, than Cleopatra’s triumph entry into Rome. Right before she’s supposed to be in the midst of seven thousand Italian, presumably Catholic, extras, the Vatican wanted her booed and hissed. She was terrified. The studio was terrified. They posted armed guards around the forum set so that she could be protected from assassination. She got on top of this thirty foot Spinx, was drawn through the arch, and instead of yelling ‘Cleopatra, Cleopatra’ like they were supposed to, the extras went wild and screamed ‘Liz, Liz’! And just, in this wave of love, demonstrated their support for her. That’s when the sexual revolution of the sixties was truly born. Liz had conquered the pope.”


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