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Pompeii: The Last Day (2003)

A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

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Credited cast:
Alisdair Simpson ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
... Pliny the Elder
... Polybius
... Stephanus
Rebecca Clarke ... Fortunata
Inika Leigh Wright ... Hedone
Martin Hodgson ... Gaius
Rachel Atkins ... Plinia
... Celadus
... Africanus
Katherine Whitburn ... Julia
Chrissie Cotterill ... Epidia
... Sabinus
George Antoni ... Felix (as George Yiasoumi)
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... Narrator (voice)
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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20 October 2003 (UK)  »

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L'ultimo giorno di Pompei  »

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The film takes place from August 24 to August 25, 79 AD. See more »

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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 »

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Alisdair Simpson - Narrator: The people of Pompeii have never seen anything like this before. There is no word in Latin for 'volcano."
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Exceptional--and quite moving
21 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

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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