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Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb

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'Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb' (, literally 'Cleopatra') was an 1899 short silent film directed by Georges Mlis. One of the earliest horror films ever made, it is about resurrecting the mummy of Cleopatra. In it, a man chops the mummy of Cleopatra into pieces, and then "produces a woman from a smoking brazier."

While today director Mlis is more known for his iconic film 'A Trip to the Moon', it was this film which caught the attention of producer Charles Urban, who released the film in America (under the title 'Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb'; its English release was simply titled 'Cleopatra's Tomb') and subsequently distributed many of Mlis other films.

This is a lost film. A print was reported to have been discovered in France on 22 September 2005, but it turned out to be a different film involving tomb robbery.


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