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13 August 1913 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Mario Caserini 
Eleuterio Rodolfi 
Writing credits
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (novel "The Last Days of Pompeii")

Mario Caserini 

Produced by
Arturo Ambrosio .... producer
Original Music by
Palmer Clark (US version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eleuterio Rodolfi .... assistant director
Music Department
Beatrice Jona Affron .... music arranger (alternate version 2000)
Beatrice Jona Affron .... music compiler (alternate version 2000)
Martha Koeneman .... musician: entire piano score (alternate version 2000)
Other crew
Ulrike Dorda .... translator: intertitles (alternate version 2000)
Nicholas Mulligan .... translator: intertitles (alternate version 2000)
Bret Wood .... producer: video (alternate version 2000)

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"Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei" - Italy (original title)
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88 min (2000 alternate version) | Spain:56 min (VHS version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Spain:T | USA:Not Rated (alternate version) (2000)

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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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Early Epic Still Grand, 17 July 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

An evil Egyptian priest menaces a young Roman maiden while a blind slave girl shows great courage in attempting to rescue her beloved master, during THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII.

Produced less than two decades after the birth of cinema, this silent film is considered to be the first important historical epic filmed on a truly grand scale. It also heralded the arrival of the Italian movie industry as a force to be reckoned with, however briefly, in the halcyon days before World War One.

Produced by prolific director Mario Caserini (1874-1920), it features a completely static camera which has the effect of turning each shot into a living tableau. (The only exceptions are a few pan shots of flowing lava which were inserted in the film's final moments.) Caserini manages his early crowd scenes very nicely, in which everyone looks like they're actually doing something and have a reason to be in the shot. The use of light & shadow on the large sets is also most commendable.

The final twenty minutes, when Vesuvius blows her top and destroys Pompeii, features special effects which are still quite impressive. After more than an hour of silver toned film, the abrupt switch to red tints at the instant of the eruption is a definite attention grabber.

Much of the acting is very theatrical & overripe, but that was the style back then and was probably much affected by grand opera. Two performers should be noted - Fernanda Negri Pouget is quite touching as the tragic blind girl, and Ubaldo Stefani, as the hero, is unintentionally hilarious in the scene in which he drinks a witch's poisoned brew.

The film's final moments embrace a mature sensitivity and highlight the latent power of the cinematic image.

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