April 4, 2009
More of an interesting artifact then a good film. The sets and costumes are impressive the acting for the time was probably condidered emotive and deep but know seems overripe and hammy.
April 22, 2007
Nazimova was the most mysterious, most alluring and most dynamic of all movie stars and here is her masterwork. The direction may be credited to her "Boston marriage" husband Charles Bryant but the film simply belongs to Nazimova. Every shot without her feels like a prelude to an enterance for this cinematic Godess. But if that were all this film had then it wouldn't be as memorable as it is. No, this film has something else even more notable. It's the best film version of Oscar Wilde's play. Nazimova's Salome is the most enigmatic of screen heroines/femme fatales. She is clearly the most interesting character on screen and dominates the proceedings. Her dance of the seven veils is brilliant. She cavorts across the screen and her performance is beautiful, sexy, funny and supremely scary when the camera lingers on eerie close-ups of the hideous grin that she wears in that scene. And were there ever eyes that were as haunting, as piercing as Nazimova's in this film? I don't think so. You have to like silent films to really take this film to heart but if you do, then give it a shot. It's one of the best.