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Salome (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History | 24 March 1953 (USA)
In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a ... See full summary »

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In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

The feature film debut of noted British stage actor Alan Badel. He had previously appeared only in a British short film, The Stranger Left No Card (1952). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, outside the walls of Jerusalem, with the "skyline" of the old city beyond the walls, you can see the golden Dome of the Rock, which wasn't built until more than 600 years after this story takes place. See more »

Quotes

Commander Claudius: Why waste a slave?
Pontius Pilate: Why not? The world's full of them.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: After the death of Julius Caesar, Rome ruled the world under the dictatorship of Tiberius Caesar.

In the conquered province of Galilee, King Herod and Queen Herodias held the throne.

So wanton was Herod's court, the Queen sent the young Princess Salome to Rome.

And it came to pass that a man appeared in Galilee who many thought was the Messiah.

This was the Prophet known as John the Baptist . . .

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a re-evaluation
10 June 2000 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Forget the critics and concerns over over-acting, under-acting, script quality, and historical accuracy. Relax and settle back with your favorite snack and enjoy this opulent visual feast. Charles Laughton as a pleasure-obsessed Herod and Judith Anderson as a scheming power-hungry Herodias delightfully chew up the scenery, while Jean Louis' costumes alone make this movie worth watching. But the crowning achievement of this film is the electrifying Dance of the Seven Veils as performed by Rita Hayworth. Both earthy and ethereal at the same time, she commands our fascination as well as Herod's. As she effortlessly glides- minus 6 veils- up the steps to place herself at Herod's feet- offering him the promise of unimaginable pleasures- she is stunningly photographed and glowing with a golden aura. Had she made no other films, this dance performance alone would have ensured her place as Hollywood's reigning Love Goddess.


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