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….
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
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.
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….