Film Series: Vamp - Salomé (1923)
Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow: the most well-known faces of the silent film era — and the first American superstars of the modern age. Join Fresh City Life as we highlight the beautiful and talented women who helped to launch a new art form. These pre-sound movie icons were masters of telling a story with an artful gesture or a meaningful look. We’ve scheduled five great films and we’ll let you know about other great silent films in our collection, too.
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.