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.
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.
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 »
In ancient Pompeii, slaves are bought and sold for household chores and sex. A mysterious queen moves among the elite, meantime secretly helping the slaves to escape. Eventually her life is... See full summary »
The different aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of the Vesuvian ... See full summary »
In 79 AD, one of the infamous natural disasters in human history occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted. With speculative dramatizations of various inhabitants' final hours along with detailed documentation of the known facts concerning the eruption, the horrific day is vividly brought to life. In addition, the modern situation of life around Mount Vesuvius is shown and the overhanging danger that is still there today.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All the other filmed dramatizations of the last days of Pompeii have featured purely fictional characters. See more »
As the second-last pyroclastic wave stops just outside the city, the carbon dioxide it sends into the city should have affected all the lamps, dimming if not extinguishing the flames. The flames are untouched although the people are choking. See more »
I've seen several documentaries about Pompeii and Herculaneum but this one is by far the best. It is of exceptional quality throughout and I just can't imagine making a better film to discuss the horror when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
What makes this film so interesting and well made is that it combines both live action recreations of the lives of many of the victims and greatly humanizes the tragedy. This makes this film so good--these aren't just special effects or caricatures but actual real people whose lives have been recreated by archaeologists who have examined their remains (such as the slave girl who tried, in vain, to protect the child in her charge). Now this alone might have been moving but also is only half the story. In addition, current views of the buildings and casts of victims bring to bear the full story--showing the the contrast between then and now.
Despite the film making the stories so sad, it also was done in a very respectful and non-sensational manner--complete with beautifully somber and appropriate music. Perfect and well done in every way--a must for everyone to see.
By the way, this BBC production was shown on US television and was highly edited and material was added. I have seen both and prefer the original British version--though both are worth while.
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