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Salome Reviews

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½ June 21, 2015
gr8 sets and art direction in this silent classic remade in 1953.
½ May 30, 2011
Worth watching if only for the imaginative, whimsical, and sometime bizarre set and costume designs. Highly stylized, approaching ballet in its effect, this movie calls attention to the fact that it is a silent movie, and one is never able to enter fully into the story, but it is delightful to watch as a product of its time.
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½ 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.
January 13, 2009
Succeeds quite well in its sustained fever-dream-like atmosphere. Quite beautiful and fantastical. Plenty of eye rolls to be had here, however, if you're not used to the self-important awkward-pose melodrama in which this trafficks.
November 14, 2007
Often dissmissed as bad cinema because of its excessivity. If read as camp though (which, frankly, I think it should be) it's utterly brilliant. And how often do we get the chance to salivate over Nazimova?
½ August 24, 2007
I'm such a sucker for ancient fantasias, art nouveau era silent films, and naive, lyrical and superhuman melodramas. This is the stuff of dreams. White peacocks, ancient nights, rare treasures, pleasure gardens, lavish banquets, dance of the seven veils, what more can you ask for?
May 30, 2007
Don't watch with music.
April 23, 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.
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