ention of the classical four elements in a recent post reminds me of one of my favourite daft lines in movies. It comes towards the end of Cleopatra (1962) when Octavian (Roddy McDowall) comes to Alexandria where Antony is dead and Cleopatra about to encounter an asp. He finds her servant dead, having drunk poison. Picking up the goblet, he says: 'A strange people - poisons that smell like perfume'. Handing it to a soldier, he says: ' See if you can find more, have it analysed...'
Have it analysed?... What for? - Earth, Fire, Air and Water?... the concept was unknown in 31BC. He does go on to say: 'Test it on one of the badly wounded', but it's an oddly out-of-place line in an otherwise surprisingly literate script.
Posted: Tue - May 20, 2008 at 10:16 AM by Roger Wilmut
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