Critic Reviews for Salome
Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Salome
tres avant-garde but really fascinating... if you're into silent films, that is. the art direction by valentino's wife, natacha rambova, is remarkable and meant to reflect aubrey beardsley's illustrations for wilde's play. the notorious nazimova is a bit over the top but in this extreme setting it mostly works. this was her own production and she was already well into her 40s when she played the teenage salome, but she's quite convincing, except maybe in close-up. the film was roundly condemned and was a huge flop and nazimova lost a fortune and soon returned to broadway. the whole film is on youtube here >http://youtu.be/LDaZNqag8uQ
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.
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