Salome (Silent)

An erotic and highly-stylized retelling of Salome's request for the head of John the Baptist.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 31, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1922
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 320
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. Full Review
Time Out
Mar 5, 2014
Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise. Full Review
Mar 12, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Salomé's reputation for practically inventing camp proves its least interesting aspect. Full Review
The Arts Desk
May 29, 2019
You see an exceedingly tame and not remarkably graceful performance that Herod wouldn't have given standing room in his kingdom for. Full Review
New York Times
May 29, 2019
Though the direction is attributed to Charles Bryant, the auteur was clearly Nazimova, with Natacha Rambova patterning the set and costumes after the Aubrey Beardsley illustrations that accompanied one edition of the play. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2019
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. Full Review
Village Voice
Mar 5, 2014
Rating: B -- The storytelling is none to thrilling but there's much to gloat over the costumes, sets, lighting and camerawork. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 12, 2014

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Screen siren Alla Nazimova heats up the screen with sexuality and lust as Oscar Wilde's classic play, Salome, is hauntingly brought to life in director Charles Bryant's 1923 motion picture production. Although 42 years of age when she played the teenage temptress, Nazimova's highly stylized performance is now considered a classic. The striking set designs which evoke Aubrey Beardsley illustrations, are the work of art director Natacha Rambova, notorious for her incendiary marriage to Rudolph Valentino. Hollywood legend surrounds this production such as the unproven rumor that the Nazimova and her art director insisted on an entirely gay cast and crew. Although greeted with scandal and box office failure when it was finally released, its aesthetic and historic significance earmarked it for preservation by The Library Of Congress in the year 2000.


  • History Brought to Life: Cecil B. DeMille goes behind the scenes to show how Hollywood magic brings ancient empires and distant times to life with stunning accuracy and realism.
  • Let's Go To The Movies: The birth of motion pictures is featured in this rare short subject. George Melies, John Barrymore, Al Jolson and Mary Pickford appear in archival footage.

Product Description:

Seeking to bring High Art to the American hinterlands, silent film star Alla Nazimova sank a great deal of her own money into her 1922 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's SALOME. Art director Natacha Rambova (notorious as the contentious second wife of Rudolph Valentino) based her set designs on the works of fin-de-siecle artist Aubrey Beardsley. The story remains as always: Salome is coerced by her mother Herodias (Rose Dione) to demand the head of John the Baptist on a platter. She performs an erotic dance around the head, then is crushed to death by Herod's guards. Legend has it that everyone in the supporting cast and production crew of SALOME was homosexual--hand-picked by Nazimova, who reportedly believed that only a gay aggregation could do full justice to her bizarre, excruciatingly stylized cinematic vision.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 505
  • UPC: 089218681799
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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