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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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Storyline

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Società Anonima Ambrosio See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 alternate) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Arranged by Beatrice Jona Affron
Performed by Martha Koeneman
Excerpts in the 2000 alternate version score
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Astonishing spectacle, beautifully filmed.
8 March 2002 | by David AtfieldSee all my reviews

This amazing Italian silent epic, featuring a cast of millions, will blow your mind as thoroughly as Mt. Vesuvius blew up Pompeii. Breathtaking special effects, an excitingly melodramatic plot, stunning settings, and gorgeous cinematography combine to make this one of the first great feature films.

The cinematography is very different to what we are used to today - the camera does not move at all - but the shots are so well lit that it hardly seems to matter. And the genuine beauty of the final shot makes the scene very moving indeed.

This is an unmissable masterpiece of cinema.


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