The Getty Villa


In conjunction with the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, this outdoor film series features two epic films of the same name. Friday evening showcases the influential masterpiece of Italian silent cinema from 1913 directed by Mario Caserini. On Saturday, the lavish 1959 version stars the famed bodybuilder Steve Reeves.

The galleries and exhibition will be open at 6:00 p.m. for viewing before each screening. Parking is $10 after 5:00 p.m.

Don't miss the special menu items inspired by the films! See details below.



 

The Last Days of Pompeii (Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei), 1913

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Directed by Mario Caserini
(Italy, 1913, silent, black and white, 88 minutes)

One of the early masterworks of silent cinema in Italy, this landmark epic features a lavish historical spectacle that influenced a generation of filmmakers that followed, including the American D. W. Griffith and his classic Intolerance (1916).

Silent with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.


 

The Last Days of Pompeii (Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei), 1959

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Directed by Sergio Leone
(Italy, 1959, English language, color, widescreen, 94 minutes)

When ailing director Mario Bonnard was hospitalized on the first day of shooting, the young screenwriter Sergio Leone stepped into the director's chair and revealed a visual flair and propensity for colorful violence that would soon propel him to international fame. In one of his earliest starring roles, bodybuilder-turned-actor Steve Reeves (fresh off his sensational appearance in Pietro Francisci's Hercules) was on the verge of becoming the highest-paid actor in Europe. Shot in Supertotalscope and promoted as a "Fiery Summit of Spectacle," the film ambitiously attempts to capture—like many films before it—"the City that Lived in Sin and Died in Flame!"


 

Pompeii's Last Call


Snack on popcorn or enjoy a glass of prosecco while viewing these classic films. The Cafe at the Getty Villa also offers focaccia pizza, warm chocolate lava cake, and the Getty Bellini (a specialty drink made with prosecco and pear), as well as wine, beer, and sodas.

No outside picnics or alcohol, please.


Visitor Information

- Seat cushions will be provided. Portable stadium chairs and outside cushions are not permitted.
- Visitors are encouraged to bring a warm sweater or blanket.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.