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Alla Nazimova in Salomé (1922) directed by Charles Bryant and Alla Nazimova, based on Oscar Wilde’s play. The film’s sets and costumes, including the iconic wig, were designed by Natacha Rambova, who was married to film star Rudolph Valentino. / src: imdb

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SALOMÉ: Your hair is like the cedars of Lebanon, like the great cedars of Lebanon that give their shade to the lions and to the robbers who would hide themselves by day. The long black nights, when the moon hides her face, when the stars are afraid, are not so black. The silence that dwells in the forest is not so black. There is nothing in the world so black as your hair….
—  Oscar Wilde, from Salomé
My issues concerning Ken Russell´s version of Salomé

  • JUST LOOK AT THIS? Have you ever seen anything sillier and over the top? Also all that exoticism going on
  • IT IS SOMEHOW WORSE THAN IT´S COVER IDK HOW THAT IS POSSIBLE
  • Everyone is absolutely riddicolous
  • They play it like a comedy which it is not I beg you pardon
  • They add this whole framework narrative where Oscar Wilde and Bosie go to a brothel where the play is performed with Bosie in the lead as John the Baptist. Spoiler if anyone acutally cares to see it but it ends with Oscar Wilde being arrested and he is portrayed trhough out as this awful awful man with absolutely no morals and who doesn´t even feel sorry when the girl playing Salomé drops dead
  • AGAIN THEY MAKE IT SEEM LIKE OSCAR WILDE IS A FCKING COLD HEARTED WIMSICAL ARISTOCRAT WHO DOES NOT CARE THAT A YOUNG GIRL IS MURDERED IN FRONT OF HIS EYES
  • HE LAUGHS AT THE MURDER
  • Did I mention the exoticism? The script in itself obviously has a lot of issues in regards to this but ugh this is so blatantly racist and anti-semitic I can´t even begin describing it
  • It involves full frontal nudity and I did not see it coming - which is probably more my own fault bc let´s face it I´m a prude
  • They have decided on not using Oscar´s own translation from French but has opted for another translation?
  • Except Oscar Wilde being portrayed as hiddeous there are a lot of disgusting efforts to portray gay men as predators
  • Finally, it is terrifyinlgy boring. Don´t watch it. I repeat don´t watch it