The Last Days of Pompeii (1913 film)

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Ultimi giorni di Pompei, Gli
The Last Days of Pompeii (1913 film).jpg
Poster to the U.S. theatrical release of The Last Days of Pompeii
Directed by
Written by Mario Caserini
Based on The Last Days of Pompeii
by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Distributed by George Kleine Amusements
Release date
  • 24 August 1913 (1913-08-24)
Running time
56 minutes (VHS)
88 minutes (Kino DVD)
Country Italy
Language Silent
The Last Days of Pompeii

Ultimi giorni di Pompei, Gli (English title: The Last Days of Pompeii) is an 1913 Italian black and white silent film directed by Mario Caserini and Eleuterio Rodolfi.

Based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 novel of the same name, the film - one of two different adaptation of the same book in Italy that year - is set during the final days leading up to the Mount Vesuvius eruption in Pompeii in 79 AD.

Plot[edit]

In Pompeii 79AD, Glaucus and Jone are in love with each other. Arbaces, the Egyptian High Priest, is determined to conquer her. Glaucus buys the blind slave Nydia who is mishandled by her owner.

Nydia falls in love with him and asks Arbaces for his help. He gives her a potion to make Glaucus fall in love with him. In fact it is a poison which will destroy his mind. Arbaces' disciple Apoecides threatens to reveal publicly his wrongdoings. Arbaces kills him and accuses Glaucus of the crime. He locks Nydia in a cellar to prevent her from speaking.

Glaucus is condemned to be thrown to the lions. Nydia manages to escape and tells Glaucus' friend Claudius what happened. Claudius rushes to the Circus to accuse Arbaces and the crowd decides that Arbaces and not Glaucus should be thrown to the lions.

The Vesuvius starts erupting and a widespread panic ensues. Under the shock, Glaucus recovers his mind. Blind Nydia, the only one to find her way in the darkness caused by the rain of ashes, leads Glaucus and Jone to safety and finds peace by drowning herself.[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was produced by Società Anonima Ambrosio.

Distribution[edit]

The film was released in Italy on 24 August 1913, distributed by Giuseppe Barattolo. It was distributed in the US by the Kleine Optical Company under the name George Kleine Attractions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review, synopsis and link to watch the film: "A cinema history". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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