The film, showing in select theaters from 22 March, comes from the British Museum about its landmark exhibition, “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.”
The exhibition is interesting and the movie guides one through it most entertainingly as world scholars do a walkabout through the exhibition, which is set up in the layout of a typical Roman house of the era.
Introduced by the British Museum’s director, Neil MacGregor, the film features insights from renowned experts including Paul Roberts, the curator of the exhibition; Mary Beard, professor of classics at Cambridge University; historian Bettany Hughes and interviewees such as Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli and gardening specialist Rachel de Thame.
It is about the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. That’s why the exhibition was set up in the form of a home.” We begin with the family dog, from a mosaic through to a mummified dog cast. The poor dog was tethered and unable to run away from the terrifying spectre of the volcanic ash which would bury the city for centuries.
Ordinary people seem to do pornography and somewhat vulgar language and the museum have contextualised this.
Pompeii from the British Museum is the first film treatment of a major exhibition at the British Museum and the first international screening event of a film of this kind.
The exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum was on view at the British Museum until the end of September 2014. Now we can see it in our own city on the big screen. The documentary releases in HD at the four digital Cinema Nouveau theatres – Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban and V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The exhibition will be screened for four shows only: 22, 26 and 27 March at 19:30, and 23 March at 14:30. The run time of this production is 89mins.