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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 ... Nidia
Eugenia Tettoni Fior ... Jone
Ubaldo Stefani ... Glaucus
Antonio Grisanti ... Arbace
Cesare Gani Carini ... Apoecides
Vitale Di Stefano ... Claudius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Brioschi ... The Witch
Carlo Campogalliani
Ersilia Scalpellini ... Stratonica
Ercole Vaser
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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13 August 1913 (USA)  »

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The Last Days of Pompeii  »

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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 »

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Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) See more »

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Sylvia
Written by Léo Delibes (as Delibes)
Arranged by Beatrice Jona Affron
Performed by Martha Koeneman
Excerpts in the 2000 alternate version score
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Early silent resembles Bulwer-Lytton's novel more than the sound versions do
2 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

The romance of Glaucus and Ione (called Jone here) plus the hopeless love of blind Nidia, intertwine with the nefarious machinations of an Egyptian priest, to make up most of the story. For its time, this was a new departure in cinema, but today it will strike most viewers as too tame. There is no camera movement. Title cards carry little or no dialog. And most evidently the cast was not chosen for physical attractiveness, men or women. Still the story gets told, and rather catches one up, especially the portion of the plot involving blind Nidia. The special effects depicting the eruption of Vesuvius are not bad for 1913, but don't expect anything like the documentaries of the eruption of Hawaiian volcanoes!


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