Before cutting to Liz in the 60s, I really wanted to find a 1950s movie Cleopatra to show you – well we’ve had 20s, 30s and 40s, so I didn’t want to break the pattern and leave out the 50s! On checking IMDB, I found out that Sophia Loren played both Cleopatra and a lookalike slave girl in the 1954 (some sources say 1953) movie “Due notti con Cleopatra” (Two Nights with Cleopatra).
It sounds rather saucy, and indeed the main promotional image for the film showed Loren holding her two bare *ahem* Sophias in her hands. I made an executive decision not to put that particular image on the blog, but if you are curious just do a search and it will come straight up. The film has a woeful rating on IMDB (only 4.4) so unless you are a total Sophia fan, it is probably best avoided.
Unfortunately there weren’t a huge amount of pictures and the costumes aren’t as lavish as previous productions. She does, however, have a rather nice pair of gold wedge sandals, and her widows-peak fringe is rather fab.