MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,317 this week

The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)
"Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii" (original title)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 329 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 302 titles
created 01 Jan 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 01 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

The Last Days of Pompeii (1913) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Last Days of Pompeii.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ingeborg Holm's husband opens up a grocery store and life is on the sunny side for them and their three children. But her husband becomes sick and dies. Ingeborg tries to keep the store, ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm
Drama | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Film adaptation of Homer's 'The Odyssey.'

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Maria Del Colle
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott
Stars: Robert Henderson-Bland, Percy Dyer, Gene Gauntier
Les vampires (1915)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Stars: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Spottiswoode Aitken
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the town of Pompeii, 79AD, a few weeks before the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius, a Roman lady Hélène meets and falls in love with a young Greek man Lysias. He is betrothed to another ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcel L'Herbier, Paolo Moffa
Stars: Micheline Presle, Georges Marchal, Marcel Herrand
Cabiria (1914)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

Director: George Loane Tucker
Stars: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, August Falck
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle, Giovanni Enrico Vidali
Stars: Cristina Ruspoli, Luigi Mele, Giovanni Enrico Vidali
Tigre reale (1916)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Pina Menichelli, Alberto Nepoti, Febo Mari
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Fernanda Negri Pouget ...
Eugenia Tettoni Fior ...
Ubaldo Stefani ...
Antonio Grisanti ...
Cesare Gani Carini ...
Vitale Di Stefano ...
Edit

Storyline

Well respected Pompeiian Glaucus performs an act of kindness by buying Nidia, a blind slave being mistreated by her owner. Nidia falls in love with her new master, but he only has eyes for Jone. Jone in turn is lusted after by Arbace, an Egyptian high priest of Isis. When Nidia beseeches Isis for help in capturing Glaucus' heart, Arbace gives her a "love" potion, which really will affect his mind and not his heart, thus opening the way to Jone for himself. When Arbace's disciple is murdered Glaucus finds himself in hot water, shortly after which Mt. Vesuvius erupts. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 August 1913 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Pompeii  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 alternate) | (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Glaucus brings Jone back to her home, the inside of her house is shown with an open air atrium represented by a painted backdrop. We can tell it is a backdrop because the sun in hitting it in such a way that the shadow of other part of the set fall across it. See more »

Connections

Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1900) See more »

Soundtracks

The Carnival of the Animals
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns (Saint-Saëns)
Arranged by Beatrice Jona Affron
Performed by Martha Koeneman
Excerpts in the 2000 alternate version score
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Window Into Cinema History
11 November 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A young blind woman and her general misery provide the focus for this 1913 silent film. Her story is set against everyday life in Pompeii, just before the eruption of the famous volcano.

Visually, the film consists of staged sets, rather like modern stage plays. There is no camera movement. Actors mouth words we can't hear. The only sound is the music of a piano, provided on behalf of DVD viewers. The music varies in tone with tonal variations in the story. Alternating with the play and to assist the visuals, title cards convey a verbal sense of what will happen in the next scene.

Acting is very, very theatrical. When they move, the players don't walk, so much as they tiptoe across the stage, in a self-conscious and stagy manner. When there's conflict, the players overact, exaggerating both body movements and facial expressions. But that was how it was done back then. Costumes are elaborate, and at times ornate.

Vesuvius erupts in the final few minutes of the film. Lots of smoke, some soot, a change in the film's tint to reddish, falling pillars, and predictable histrionics of the players comprise the special effects.

Even aside from the simplicity of the special effects and the absence of sound, the film is not likely to appeal to modern audiences, if their purpose in watching films is to be entertained. For one thing, the film's pacing is very slow. Also, there's lots of filler material, like scenes wherein characters sit around feeding pigeons. And I found it hard to identify with any of the characters. They seem too thinly drawn and remote.

In its time, "The Last Days Of Pompeii" must have seemed like a grand spectacle. We are fortunate to have the film now, as a benchmark from which to compare contemporary films. Ergo, for those interested in the history of the cinema, and for those who want some perspective on modern film-making, this film is a fine choice.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Last Days of Pompeii (1913) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page