This is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays and watched this version with high expectations. Too often is Cleopatra played as being a histrionic strumpet and nothing else. Janet Suzman, on the other hand, managed to capture Cleopatra's multifaceted personality, including her confidence, manipulativeness,and genuine sadness at Antony's death. A younger Patrick Stewart played a remarkable Enobarbus. While in some ways the film was minimalist in its set, I disagree with other commenters that this made it a "mediocre production". The movie managed to capture the stark differences between a sensual Alexandria (with many warm colours) and a sterile Rome (depicted as mostly white). Being an older film, it doesn't have the glitzy, dazzling special effects of more recent movies, but this in no way detracts from the amazing acting and directing of this production.