Two Nights with Cleopatra

Two Nights with Cleopatra (Italian: Due notti con Cleopatra) is a 1954 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Sophia Loren.[1]

Two Nights with Cleopatra
Film poster
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byGiuseppe Colizzi
Written byRuggero Maccari
Ettore Scola
StarringSophia Loren
Music byArmando Trovajoli
CinematographyRiccardo Pallottini
Edited byRenato Cinquini
Release date
  • 1954 (1954)
Running time
78 minutes


Cesare, a Roman soldier, comes to Alexandria to serve in the army staff of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Cleopatra is a beautiful woman, able to charm anyone, and is the wife of Emperor Mark Antony, but when he is not in the city, she prefers to spend the night with one or another of his soldiers, whom she will then have killed the next day with poison.

When Mark Antony comes back to Alexandria to fight a war, Cleopatra visits him secretly while her place at the palace is taken by Nisca, a girl who is so like her she can pass as her double, except for being blonde. It turns out that on one of the evenings on which Cleopatra has been swapped for her double, Cesare fails to notice this. Unaware of the exchange, Cesare spends the night with the girl who proves to be very fragile and sad.

The next night Cesare is arrested for trying to hurt Cleopatra (the real one) but in reality the man just wanted to say hello. Intrigued by the fact that Cesare wears a ring identical to hers, Cleopatra makes him free and offers to spend the night with him, warning him that the next day he will die. Cesare, however, manages to get drunk and to free the "queen" Nisca, locked up in prison. The film ends with the two fleeing from Alexandria.



  1. "New York Times: Two Nights with Cleopatra". NY Times. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
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