Written July 01, 2016
Since we had made a visit to Pompeii, we thought this would be an interesting film. It was rather dry with academics talking about artifacts. We both fell asleep. The best part was the chef from Italy talking about the food of the period.
Written September 26, 2013
A great way to allow those of us who can't see the exhibit in person to visit. However, I did not buy a ticket to look at the faces of camera happy people in the museum's employ talking ecstatically instead of showing the exhibit. The focus should be more on artifacts and less on curators. This is a wonderful medium for taking the museum and its contents to the rest of the world, but will not appeal as presented here. A more incidental criticism-the incorporation of the Vesuvius eruption timeline into the presentation was clumsy. Overall, for a storied institution with great resources available, this presentation was not well done.
Written July 28, 2016
For over one hour of this short video we look at talking heads talking about an exhibit which you don't see. We see about a dozen artifacts out of hundreds. The level of discussion was inane and similar to talking heads discussion on television news. At least at my theater, quality of the video was highly over saturated on colors making faces all beet red and highly colored objects like pottery just color blobs making detail impossible to see. The level of this production wouldn't make the cut for either BBC or the Discovery Channel. It amounted to an advertisement for the actual exhibition. Only I paid $34.00 for the dubious pleasure of seeing this teaser ad. A completely misrepresented ripoff.
Written July 30, 2016
Based on the preview, I went into this thinking it would be an exciting movie with cut-aways to the museum to show the actual artifacts. Unfortunately it was mostly watching the "experts" talk about the exhibits with very few cut-aways to the action. Sorry to say but it was BORING. My husband fell asleep halfway through.
Written July 26, 2016
I loved this event and hope for more like it in the future! The presenters, who were the head of the museum, the exhibit's curator, and two others (can't remember), were just fantastic. So enthusiastic, knowledgeable, they recreated the day in the life of the wealthy as well as common Roman citizens in the two backwater towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the year 79 a.m. through the objects excavated. They each brought the event and Roman world to life. It was obviously planned and perhaps rehearsed, choreographed even, and yet it felt very spontaneous and fun. What a value for the price of a movie ticket! Attendees here in the U.S. and abroad got to feel they were really there at the British Museum - better than going through the exhibit by oneself as the experts guided you through each space, educated you along the way, made these people feel very contemporaneous. I brought along about 10 other people, and all agreed afterward it was a wonderful experience.