Mankiewicz was also director and screenwriter of "All About Eve" and responsible for that immortal campy line, "Fasten your seatbelts, its going to be a bumpy night." And true, he never bounced back until "Sleuth."
I agree, Lex, Cleopatra is definitely the camp apex of filmmaking.
Imagine a time when every newpaper headline in the world, for months and months began with one little three letter word: LIZ. That was how besotted everyone was with Ms. Taylor during the filming of Cleopatra.
But you should see her and Burton's followup, "Boom!"