September 28, 2012

Getty Villa Screens Pompeii Films in its Outdoor Classical Theater

In conjunction with the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa
Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.


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Last Days of Pompeii, Kino.

LOS ANGELES—Two epic films, created decades apart and both titled "The Last Days of Pompeii," will be screened under the stars in the Getty Villa’s Outdoor Classical Theater on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m

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Friday evening features a screening of the influential masterpiece of Italian silent cinema from 1913 directed by Mario Caserini, with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. On Saturday, the lavish 1959 version, directed by Mario Bonnard and Sergio Leone, stars the famed bodybuilder Steve Reeves.

While viewing these classic films, visitors will be able to snack on popcorn or enjoy a glass of wine from the Café at the Getty Villa. A Vesuvian inspired menu will be offered at the Café, including focaccia pizza, warm chocolate lava cake, and Getty Bellinis (a specialty drink made with prosecco and pear), as well as wine, beer, and sodas.

The film series complements the recently opened exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, on view until January 7. The museum galleries and exhibition will be open before each screening. 

Tickets are $7. To purchase tickets please call (310) 440-7300 or visit For more information about the film series visit:

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