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Sins of Pompeii (1950)

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (original title)
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 »

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(French dialogue) (as Alexandre Arnoux de l'Académie Goncourt)
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Elena / Hélène / Jone
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Lysia / Lysias / Glaukus
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Clodio / Claudius / Clodius
Adriana Benetti ...
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Olinto / Olinte / Olinth
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Lepido / Lépide
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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 woman who, to win him back, acquires a potion to make him love only her. The potion was prepared by the Egyptian priest, Arbax, who has a grudge against Lysias, and is not what it seems, it is intended to drive whoever takes it insane. Hélène's new slave is also in love with Lysias. She steals the potion and gives it to Lysias, who hurries away in a mad rage. When the slave girl confronts Arbax, she is killed by the evil priest, and Lysias is charged with her murder. Written by Anonymous

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Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1908) See more »

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Golden Age devastation
17 April 2014 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

The handsome Greek Lysias (blond Georges Marchal) only has eyes for the beautiful Hélène (Micheline Presle) but she's betrothed to the goddess Isis and can never marry. Arbax, the evil high priest of that pagan cult, wants Hélène for himself and Lysias's haughty fianceé will stop at nothing to break up the lovers ...and, oh, one of Lysias' female slaves would love nothing more than to be his love slave. As formidable as these obstacles are, they aren't the only ones on the rocky road to true love; throw in God's wrath over the culture clash between idol worship and Christianity and a potion that induces madness and all hell breaks loose...

Enjoyable Italo/French nonsense from the Golden Age that's thankfully not as boring as Hollywood's THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII ('35 version). There's good b&w special effects for the time but no real "sins" to speak of, alas, and as any Pompeii aficionado knows, the sea was boiling so there'd be no last-minute escapes in real life.


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