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Pompeii and the Roman Villa

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Though seldom acknowledged by contemporary scholars, Naples, Italy served - prior to the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 - as a societal Petri dish for the most unique and cutting-edge Italian artistic expression, thanks in no small part to its role as a vacation locale for Romans on holiday. The fact that heads of state including Julius Caesar and various senators flocked to the site inspired recognition-hungry artists to place their sculptures, frescoes and murals in that venue. Then, of course, Vesuvius hit, ...
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Though seldom acknowledged by contemporary scholars, Naples, Italy served - prior to the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 - as a societal Petri dish for the most unique and cutting-edge Italian artistic expression, thanks in no small part to its role as a vacation locale for Romans on holiday. The fact that heads of state including Julius Caesar and various senators flocked to the site inspired recognition-hungry artists to place their sculptures, frescoes and murals in that venue. Then, of course, Vesuvius hit, burying nearly everything under lava and ash. Fortunately, many of the artifacts were subsequently excavated and put on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. As narrated by one of the preeminent actors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries - Sir Derek Jacobi of I, Claudius and Love is the Devil fame - this historical documentary examines the said artifacts, one-by-one - thus bringing the audience as close to an actual tour of pre-Vesuvius Naples as they will ever get. The program is supplemented by such additions as various Giorgio Sommer photographs from the 19th century and interviews with archaeologists.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Highlights of works of art from the exhibition; 19th-century photograph by Giorgio Sommer; Interviews with archaelogists; Photo gallery from film shoot
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 880198086990
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Microcinema
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 30:00
  • Format: DVD

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Derek Jacobi Voice Only
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Disc #1 -- Pompeii and the Roman Villa
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   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Bonus Materials
      Highlights of Works of Art From the Exhibition
      19th-Century Photographs by Giorgio Sommer
         Play Slideshow
      Interviews With Archaeologists
         Play With English Audio
         Play With Original Italian Audio
      Photo Gallery From Film Shoot
      Production Credits
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