Salome (1923) - Rotten Tomatoes

Salome (1923)



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In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's tale, the story remains as always: Salome is coerced by her mother Herodias 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.


Rose Dione
as Herodias
Earl Schenck
as Young Syrian
Frederick Peters
as Naaman, the Executioner
Louis Dumar
as Tigellinus
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Critic Reviews for Salome

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

So long as the debasement of literary and artistic ideas continues to fill the theatres, just so long will the moving picture remain at its low and insufferable stage of vulgarity.

July 14, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

You see an exceedingly tame and not remarkably graceful performance that Herod wouldn't have given standing room in his kingdom for.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Picturesquely it is very pretty as to lightings, setting and photography, but there ends about all that can be said in praise.

March 12, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

March 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

March 5, 2014

Audience Reviews for Salome

tres avant-garde but really fascinating... if you're into silent films, that is. the art direction by valentino's wife, natacha rambova, is remarkable and meant to reflect aubrey beardsley's illustrations for wilde's play. the notorious nazimova is a bit over the top but in this extreme setting it mostly works. this was her own production and she was already well into her 40s when she played the teenage salome, but she's quite convincing, except maybe in close-up. the film was roundly condemned and was a huge flop and nazimova lost a fortune and soon returned to broadway. the whole film is on youtube here >

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


More of an interesting artifact then a good film. The sets and costumes are impressive the acting for the time was probably condidered emotive and deep but know seems overripe and hammy.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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