Ultimi giorni di Pompei, Gli (Last Days of Pompeii)  (1960)

 

 

Director:  Mario Bonnard

Starring:  Steve Reeves (Glaucus), Christine Kaufmann (Ione), Fernando Rey (ArbacPs, high priest), Barbara Carroll (Nydia), Anne-Marie Baumann (Julia), Mimmo Palmara (Gallinus), Guillermo Marn (Ascanius), Carlo Tamberlani (Leader of the Christians), Mino Doro (Consul), Mario Berriata (Praetorian Guard), Mario Morales (Praetorian Guard), ngel Ortiz (Praetorian Guard

Italian.

 

Dubbed version.  An o.k. movie.  Glaucus (Steve Reeves), a Roman soldier, returns home to Pompeii to find that his father has been killed by what is thought to be a marauding group of Christians. In his search for his father's killers, Glaucus falls in love with Ione (Christine Kaufmann) and vice-versa.  Glaucus's friends find clues that lead to other possible perpetrators.  Both Christine Kaufmann and Anne-Marie Baumann are very lovely, which makes the movie a little more bearable. 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.

 


Historical Background:

 

Pompeii was a city near modern Naples, Italy.  It was founded in the 6th century B.C. 

62  A.D.  --  there was an earthquake that damaged the city.  The city was rebuilt. 

64  --  a smaller earthquake took place.

79 (August 20)  --    small earthquakes took place.

79 (August 24)  --  a cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius started. The eruption buried Pompeii and other settlements. 

A cloud of superheated gas, ash, and rock known as a pyroclastic flow erupted from the volcano.  There also was a violent shaking of the ground.  Ash fell in very thick sheets.  The eruption blocked out  the sun and the daylight hours were dark. 

Thick layers of ash covered the two towns located at the base of the mountain, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

1738  --  Herculaneum was rediscovered.

1748  --  Pompeii was rediscovered.  At the time there were perhaps as many as 20,000 inhabitants.

1860  --  Giuseppe Fiorelli took charge of the excavations.  He injected plaster into the spaces left by the decomposed bodies to perfectly recreate the forms of the victims. 

In the excavation, the Forum, the baths, many houses, some villas and a large hotel were found surprisingly well preserved. The streets were straight, laid out in a grid, in the Roman tradition.  There were houses and shops on both sides of the street that was laid with polygonal stones.

They also found quite a few erotic frescoes. 

 

 

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