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Pompei, ieri, oggi, domani (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Drama
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Epic drama of forbidden love in Pompeii at the city's height of glory, up to the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. We follow nobles, slaves, gladiators and the secret gatherings of early Christians. Mostly in English.

Stars: Victor Alfieri, Tomas Arana, Linda Batista
Pompeii: The Last Day (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History
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A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Director: Peter Nicholson
Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter
Action | Adventure
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Mount Vesuvius erupts when a family visits Pompeii. The daughter uses her skill and her father his ability, in order to escape the disaster.

Director: Ben Demaree
Stars: Adrian Paul, Jhey Castles, Georgina Beedle
Action | Adventure | History
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Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard
Stars: Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey
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 Tiberio (2 episodes, 2007)
Fabrizio Bucci ...
 Ennio (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Attica (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Tito (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Cuspio (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Vetuzio (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Livilla (2 episodes, 2007)
Sergio Fiorentini ...
 Cornelio (2 episodes, 2007)
Selvaggia Quattrini ...
 Rezia (2 episodes, 2007)
Manrico Gammarota ...
 Meleagro (2 episodes, 2007)
Vincenzo Bocciarelli ...
 Aniceto (2 episodes, 2007)
Antonio Serrano ...
 Publio (2 episodes, 2007)
Vittorio Base ...
 Fulvio 4 anni (2 episodes, 2007)
Diego Sebastian Misasi ...
 Fulvio 9 anni (2 episodes, 2007)
Luigi Di Fiore ...
 Aulo (2 episodes, 2007)
Lorenzo Renzi ...
 Celado (2 episodes, 2007)
Todd Carter ...
 Quinto Laronio (2 episodes, 2007)
Stefano De Sando ...
 Apuleio (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Plinio (2 episodes, 2007)
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Dickens a la Pompeii
23 May 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 2007 Italian miniseries Pompei is more adequate than enthralling, but it's certainly better than its low reputation even in its dubbed English version. Like the peplum of the 1950s and 1960s, it's a curious mixture of the lavish and the economical, with the stunning standing set of Rome in Tunisia's Empire studios put to good use in a show filled with unfamiliar faces (unless you watch a lot of Italian TV) and special effects that sometimes have a cartoonish work-in-progress feel to them, and like those peplum its best seen in an undemanding mood. Aside from the odd supporting player from lesser Dario Argento pictures, the closest the show has to a big name is Il Postino's Maria Grazia Cucinotta as the nymphomaniac wife of the show's villain-in-chief, with the leads going to Tom Berenger lookalike Lorenzo Crespi and uberbabe Andrea Osvart as lovers separated by circumstances that are positively Dickensian – he is captured and held prisoner for years only to return to Pompei to find her cheated out of her legacy and sold into slavery. Not only that, but she and the rest of the household slaves are facing death for the murder of their master unless he can unravel a land fraud and the obligatory plot to assassinate the new emperor and find the real killer while the air starts getting heavier, the fish start dying in the sea, the water gets undrinkable and Vesuvius gets ready to blow its top. Yet while the plot may be somewhat Dickensian and prone to melodrama (it seems a fair bet that Barnaby Rudge was among at least one of the writers' bedside reading), the characterisation is pretty much by the numbers, with few of the supporting characters fleshed out or particularly interesting, so it's hard to care much when they start meeting their fiery fates. There are a few odd moments of unintentional humor – a mad display of overacting from the villain in the last half hour and a fortunate rock landing on one henchman's head at exactly the right moment in particular – but while less than compelling, it fills three hours amenably enough if you're not expecting much.


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