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The Last Days of Pompeii

by Kate Fortmueller

In the 1910s Italian filmmakers were interested in making films that focused on Italian history and culture. The Italian historical epics of this period, which also include films such as Nero, or the Burning of Rome (1909), Quo Vadis? (1913), Anthony and Cleopatra (1913), and Cabiria (1914) featured reconstructions of famous architecture and often hundreds of extras. In this last sequence from The Last Days of Pompeii note the high production values, elaborate set design, and numerous extras that characterized this mode of feature filmmaking.

The Last Days of Pompeii (1913) - Mount Vesuvius erupts

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In this concluding scene Mount Vesuvius erupts burying Pompeii and killing the citizens. This sequence was hand tinted red.

from The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)
Creator: Mario Caserini and Eleuterio Rodolfi
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller