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Salomé’s Dance

An evening pause: Music by Charles Barber. This comes from the 1913 silent film, Salomé, based on an Oscar Wilde play. Rarely seen, the movie represents a very early attempt to do something “edgy”. It succeeds about as well as modern “edgy” films, showing us a very shallow representation of human existence. But the visuals give us a glimpse into that early film world, when sets and costume were usually the only way to show something strange and striking.

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  • wayne

    Personally, not my thing.
    However, if anyone wants to watch the whole thing, it’s at the Archive.

  • sippin bourbon

    In some ways the panting on lookers remind me of the dance scene in Metropolis.
    But I think the latter is better, overall.

    The background dancers costumes remind me of Carol Burnett’s costume in her Gone with the Wind parody sketch.

  • Gary H

    Bob, thanks for introducing me to this movie. The Russian actress, Alla Nazimova was 43 when she danced above as well as helped to finance the movie. It was a failure during her lifetime. BTW.. Metropolis, mentioned above, was a pretty amazing film for the time.

  • Concerned

    Weird and freaky. Hollywood hasn’t changed much in 100+ years.

  • Andrew R

    Every time they showed Herod, all I could think of was Harpo Marx.

  • Andrew R: I had the same thought: That’s Harpo!

  • markedup2

    I think this is a new record in the “strange things I otherwise would not know existed in the Evening Pause”.

    If I would have seen this at the time, I’d probably want my nickel refunded. Maybe it makes more sense with the rest of the movie? I don’t care enough to find out.

  • markedup2: The movie was a failure when it first was released, and that I think was because it simply stinks, being very slow and obvious and boring. However, I think it worth watching this one short clip, first because it is interesting from an historical perspective, and second because it is so bad as to be a bit entertaining.

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