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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 »


(French dialogue) (as Alexandre Arnoux de l'Académie Goncourt)

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Cast overview:
Elena / Hélène / Jone
Georges Marchal ...
Lysia / Lysias / Glaukus
Clodio / Claudius / Clodius
Adriana Benetti ...
Camillo Pilotto ...
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Olinto / Olinte / Olinth
Guglielmo Barnabò ...
Alain Quercy ...
Lepido / Lépide


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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December 1955 (USA)  »

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Another interesting variation on the classic Bulwer-Lytton tale
27 July 2003 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

This French version is very well acted, particularly by Georges Marchal. The classical Roman sets and costumes are outstanding. The characters are closer to Bulwer-Lytton's originals than the 1936 American version, but the action scenes are very much lacking. Micheline Presle is lovely as the noble Roman lady Helena enmeshed in a sinister and fraudulent Eastern cult which makes her unresponsive to the honest young man Lysias (Georges Marchal) who loves her.

Meanwhile the young servant girl Nydia is so in love with him that she absconds with a dangerous drug supplied to the unscrupulous highborn lady Julia by the slimy Arbaces, high priest of Isis. Nydia substitutes water in the vial and later administers the potion to Lysias in the belief that it will make him enamored of her. Unfortunately, it puts him into a psychotic stupor during which he wanders onto the scene of a murder and gets blamed and imprisoned for trial.

The final cataclysmic scenes are nowhere near as magnificent as in the earlier 1936 American film. If the two films were combined (the characters from the French version and the action scenes from the U.S. version) the result would be a film far better than either.

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