Oscar Wilde's Salome: Cinema's First Art Film Plays at DPL

The film Salomé starring Russian-born American actress and producer Alla Nazimova is legendary -- for its cast (rumored to be all gay and lesbian), its delayed release (made in 1923, it wasn't viewed by American Audiences until 1937), its complete failure to capture a contemporary audience and its current reappraisal as one of the foremost art films in cinema history with a devoted fan base. Enjoy a rare screening of Salomé on our big screen!

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!

Salomé (1923)
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.

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Written by Chris on March 12, 2013

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