Wednesday, September 25, 2013

YOUR CHANCE TO SEE THE BRITISH MUSEUM
POMPEII SHOW AT A LOCAL MOVIE THEATER


IF you can't make it to see the British Museum's landmark Pompeii show, you can see it at your local movie theater in selected major cities around the world today and tomorrow.

The British Museum has produced a film about their landmark exhibition "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum." 

The film, "Pompeii from the British Museum," will be shown in cinemas in North America Wednesday September 25th at 7:30 p.m. local time.

It will be shown on September 26th in other countries around the world. Check local listings for times and venues.

It is a pretty wild ride through history, complete with some down-and-dirty details about the average lives of people about to be buried by a volcano. 

Looking at some of the exquisite objects in the exhibition, you would never imagine that they were buried under 15 to 20 feet of ash and pumice for over 1,600 years. 

The film features conversations with scholars walking through the museum exhibition, which is set up in the layout of a typical Roman house in Pompeii in the 1st Century AD.

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.

According to the curator, Paul Roberts: "From the very beginning, I wanted to do an exhibition that was about the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It’s about the 99 percent -- not the one percent -- the famous, the wealthy. That’s why the exhibition was set up in the form of a home."

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