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.
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)
The film takes place from August 24 to August 25, 79 AD. 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 many documentaries but few have gripped me as this one did. The combination of live action, computer graphics, and scholarly voice-over made it a compelling picture. Unlike many feature films, I didn't even look at the clock to see when it would be over.
The only drawback for me was that some of the science went by a little too quickly. I got the general idea of "the column collapses" but would have liked it to be explored a little more in order to have a more comprehensive view.
The inclusion of artifacts was especially moving, particularly when paired with imagined scenes. Overall this is a great documentary -- we could use more like it!
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