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Sins of Pompeii (1950)

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , History | December 1955 (USA)
In the town of Pompeii, 79 A.D., 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 »

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Alexandre Arnoux (French dialogue) (as Alexandre Arnoux de l'Académie Goncourt)
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Cast overview:
Micheline Presle ... Elena / Hélène / Jone
Georges Marchal ... Lysia / Lysias / Glaukus
Marcel Herrand Marcel Herrand ... Arbace / Arbax / Arbaces
Jaque Catelain ... Clodio / Claudius / Clodius
Adriana Benetti ... Nidia
Camillo Pilotto Camillo Pilotto ... Diomede / Diomède
Antonio Pierfederici Antonio Pierfederici ... Olinto / Olinte / Olinth
Guglielmo Barnabò Guglielmo Barnabò ... Panza
Alain Quercy Alain Quercy ... Lepido / Lépide
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In the town of Pompeii, 79 A.D., 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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The Picture That Shows You Underground dungeons become tombs of the tortured! Pagan temples crumble to dust! Weird rites, wild routs on the last night of revelry of decadent Rome! See more »

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Drama | History

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France | Italy

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French | Italian

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December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sins of Pompeii See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Was the highest grossing film of the 1950's in Italy. See more »

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Version of The Last Days of Pompeii (1913) See more »

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Another interesting variation on the classic Bulwer-Lytton tale
27 July 2003 | by ccmiller1492See 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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