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"The Last Days of Pompeii" - 1913 - Great historical film - Full movie -HQ- Eng sub - New soundtrack

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Published on Feb 17, 2013

"The Last Days of Pompeii" ("Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei " ) is an Italian black and white silent film, released in 1913 by Mario Caserini. Based on Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 novel of the same name, the film is set during the final days leading up to the Mount Vesuvius eruption in Pompeii in 79 AD.

Mario Caserini (November 17, 1874 -- November 17, 1920) was an Italian film director, as well as an actor, screenwriter, and early pioneer of film making in the early portion of the 20th century. Caserini was born in Rome, Italy, and was married to early 20th century Italian actress Maria Caserini. His 1906 film Otello is believed to be the earliest film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Othello. Pre-World War I Italian pioneer film director (at Cines) of costume dramas, biopics and comedies, often on a grand scale. He frequently featured his wife, Maria Caserini.
"An evil Egyptian priest menaces a young Roman maiden while a blind slave girl shows great courage in attempting to rescue her beloved master, during THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. Produced less than two decades after the birth of cinema, this silent film is considered to be the first important historical epic filmed on a truly grand scale. It also heralded the arrival of the Italian movie industry as a force to be reckoned with, however briefly, in the halcyon days before World War One. Produced by prolific director Mario Caserini (1874-1920), it features a completely static camera which has the effect of turning each shot into a living tableau. (The only exceptions are a few pan shots of flowing lava which were inserted in the film's final moments.) Caserini manages his early crowd scenes very nicely, in which everyone looks like they're actually doing something and have a reason to be in the shot. The use of light & shadow on the large sets is also most commendable. The final twenty minutes, when Vesuvius blows her top and destroys Pompeii, features special effects which are still quite impressive. After more than an hour of silver toned film, the abrupt switch to red tints at the instant of the eruption is a definite attention grabber. Much of the acting is very theatrical & overripe, but that was the style back then and was probably much affected by grand opera. Two performers should be noted - Fernanda Negri Pouget is quite touching as the tragic blind girl, and Ubaldo Stefani, as the hero, is unintentionally hilarious in the scene in which he drinks a witch's poisoned brew. The film's final moments embrace a mature sensitivity and highlight the latent power of the cinematic image." (Ron Oliver)

Directed by Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi
Written by Mario Caserini , Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (novel)
Distributed by George Kleine Amusements (U.S.)
Release date(s) August 24, 1913
Running time 56 min

Fernanda Negri Pouget Nidia, the Blind Girl
Eugenia Tettoni Fior Jone
Ubaldo Stefani Glaucus
Antonio Grisanti Arbace, Egyptian High Priest
Cesare Gani Carini Apoecides, a Disciple of Arbace
Vitale Di Stefano Claudius


Resources: wikipedia.org, archive.org
English sub: CinemaHistoryChannel
New soundtrack and dubbing: CinemaHistoryChannel
Music: Kevin Mac Leod (incompetch.com) licensed under Creative Commons licence: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

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