Oscar Wilde's Salome: Cinema's First Art Film Plays at DPL
Fresh City Life's first film series of the new year, Vamp: Femme Fatales of the Silent Era, wraps with an exquisite relic from the silver screen archives. It's a treasure!
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Charles Bryant. Starring Alla Nazimova.
“Salomé was produced and financed by the Russian-born silent-movie star Alla Nazimova as a vehicle for herself. It's inspired by Oscar Wilde's scandalous play and fashioned after Aubrey Beardsley's Asian-inspired drawings done for the first edition of the play. It's written and costumed by Natacha Rambova, the heiress who married Valentino two months after the film was released. Director Charles Bryant (A Doll's House and Stronger Than Death), the husband of the gamine Nazimova, keeps it kitschy, vulgar, gushing over with the Hollywood decadence of the 1920s and it's ornately stylized as avant-garde melodrama. There's much to recommend this early art film including the costumes, sets, lighting and camerawork. Salomé remains a cult favorite.” — Dennis Schwartz, Ozus World Movie Reviews. 72 minutes. Unrated.