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Talk: Talk: Swords, Sandals and Brylcreem: Costume Design in Richard Burton’s Hollywood Epics

16 May 2020, 3pm
Cost £3.50 + booking fee
Suitability 16+
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© Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Richard Burton's Hollywood career was fostered and then magnified by his appearance in two ancient world epics: 'The Robe' (1953) and 'Cleopatra' (1963). These big-budget epics promised cinema audiences an unrivalled view into antiquity, promising an authentic recreation of the splendours of Ancient Rome or Ancient Egypt. In reality, the design of epic movies were reliant upon contemporary aesthetics, especially in the 'historical costuming' of its star actors. This is why we see Cleopatra in high heels or Mark Antony with Brylcreem in his hair. This fascinating illustrated lecture will explore the use of costume design in Richard Burton's Hollywood epics, concentrating on the designs created for Liz and Dick in the blockbuster 'Cleopatra.'

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Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University and a specialist in the reception of antiquity in film and popular culture. His latest book is titled 'Designs on the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World' (2018).    

This is an English-language event but we are happy to provide Welsh-language facilitation. In order for us to arrange a facilitator, please e-mail events@museumwales.ac.uk as soon as possible, and at least a week before the event.

© Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

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