Salome
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Seeking to bring High Art to the American hinterlands, silent film star Alla Nazimova sank a great deal of her own money into her 1922 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Salome. Art director Natacha Rambova (notorious as the contentious second wife of Rudolph Valentino) based her set designs on the works of fin-de-siecle artist Aubrey Beardsley. The story remains as always: Salome is coerced by her mother Herodias (Rose Dione) to demand the head of John the Baptist on a platter. She performs an erotic dance around the head, then is crushed to death by Herod's guards. Legend has it that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The storytelling is none to thrilling but there's much to gloat over the costumes, sets, lighting and camerawork."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite careful stylisation and exquisite photography, this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play boasts a healthy streak of vulgarity of which Wilde, one suspects, would have secretly approved."
‑ , Time Out
"Most of the movie is a big buildup to Salomé's dance, basically an absurd little gavotte despite the presence of a clownishly excited Herod and a squad of capering dwarfs."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
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