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The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (original title)
Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fernanda Negri Pouget Fernanda Negri Pouget ... Nidia
Eugenia Tettoni Fior Eugenia Tettoni Fior ... Jone
Ubaldo Stefani Ubaldo Stefani ... Glaucus
Antonio Grisanti Antonio Grisanti ... Arbace
Cesare Gani Carini Cesare Gani Carini ... Apoecides
Vitale Di Stefano Vitale Di Stefano ... Claudius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Brioschi Maria Brioschi ... The Witch
Carlo Campogalliani
Ersilia Scalpellini Ersilia Scalpellini ... Stratonica
Ercole Vaser Ercole Vaser
Cesare Zocchi Cesare Zocchi ... Burdo
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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>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Pompeii See more »

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(2000 alternate) | (video)

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For a while in the late summer and fall of 1913 there were two major Italian productions on this subject playing simultaneously in the US, this one produced by Ambrosio, and The Last Days of Pompeii (1913), produced by Pasquali. See more »

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Extras are "killed" by falling pieces of a set during the explosion scene, then appear to either get back up or adjust themselves so that they won't be trampled by other extras. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International Corp. copyrighted a version in 2000 with a piano music score compiled and arranged by Beatrice Jona Affron and performed by Martha Koeneman. It was produced for video by Bret Wood and runs 88 minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

Giselle
Written by Adolphe Adam (as Adam)
Arranged by Beatrice Jona Affron
Performed by Martha Koeneman
Excerpts in the 2000 alternate version score
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A classic well worth watching for fans of silent films.
9 January 2003 | by DCrummSee all my reviews

This silent Italian melodrama may be a challenge for modern viewers, but it's a "must" for real fans of the silent era. Along with other early Italian epics now available in great DVD editions, such as "Cabiria" from 1914, these movies remind Americans that before World War I, European filmmakers were creative pioneers who stretched the medium and the imaginations of American directors. This film version of the "Pompeii" story was shot with static cameras and looks a bit like a broadly acted stage production transfered to film. But the production is elaborate, featuring stage sets as well as some location shooting. Just watching the images unfold in this twisted tale of love and jealousy on the eve of the disastrous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius can be fascinating as we peer back across the century at this 1913 release. To current sensibilities, the film does reflect some prejudices of its era, including the casting of an Egyptian priest as the mysterious, evil force in Pompeii -- an early example of a century-long demonization of Arab figures in movies. However, for viewers exploring early cinema, who are familiar mainly with slapstick comedies and D.W. Griffith, watching a pre-WWI Italian epic like this can be a fascinating experience.


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