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.
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He is like a thin ivory statue. He is like an image of silver. I am sure he is chaste, as the moon is. He is like a moon-beam, like a shaft of silver. His flesh must be very cold, cold as ivory…. I would look closer at him.
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….
It is his eyes above all that are terrible. They are like black holes turned by torches in a tapestry of Tyre. They are like the black caverns where the dragons live, the black caverns of Egypt in which the dragons make their lairs. They are like the black lakes troubled by fantastic moons….
SALOMÉ: He is like a thin ivory statue. He is like an image of silver. I am sure he is chaste as the moon is. He is like a moonbeam, like a shaft of silver. His flesh must be cool like ivory. I would look closer at him.
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