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The best romance movie ever made!
Not bad, it's just that I found it kind of boring.
gr8 sets and art direction in this silent classic remade in 1953.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
Don't watch with music.
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.