Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Last Days of Pompeii - 1913

Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi
Writers: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (novel), Mario Caserini
Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior and Ubaldo Stefani
Release Date: 13 August 1913 (USA)
Also known as: Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (original Italian title), De laatste dagen van Pompeï (Netherlands - informal literal title), Die letzten Tage von Pompeji (Germany), Les derniers jours de Pompei (France), Los últimos días de Pompeya(Spain), Ostatnie dni Pompei (Poland), Pompejis sista dagar (Sweden).
Production Co: Società Anonima Ambrosio
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Slave | High Priest | Potion | Love Triangle | Sorceress | Prayer |
Murder | Duplicity | Roman Salute | Jealousy | Escape | Spectacle | Volcano | Sea |
Rose | Mount Vesuvius | Self Sacrifice | Arena | Kidnapping | Destruction | Disaster
Blindness | Volcanic Eruption | Epic | Boat | Gladiator | Blind Girl | Physical Abuse | Pigeon | Beating | False Accusation | Witch | Romantic Rivalry | Lion | Pompeii | Lava | Lizard | Fire | Imprisonment | Ancient Rome | Based On Novel
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Well respected Pompeiian Glaucus performs an act of kindness by buying Nidia, a blind slave being mistreated by her owner. Nidia falls in love with her new master, but he only has eyes for Jone. Jone in turn is lusted after by Arbace, an Egyptian high priest of Isis. When Nidia beseeches Isis for help in capturing Glaucus' heart, Arbace gives her a "love" potion, which really will affect his mind and not his heart, thus opening the way to Jone for himself. When Arbace's disciple is murdered Glaucus finds himself in hot water, shortly after which Mt. Vesuvius erupts.

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