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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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The Glory And Excitement Of Rome...In All Its Greatness and Badness! See more »

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Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils  »

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Trivia

The feature film debut of noted British stage actor 'Alan Badel' (QV). 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 »

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Queen Herodias: The desperate can only survive by taking desperate measures.
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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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Version of Salomé (1922) See more »

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Stylised, colourful and fun!
11 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Don't bother watching this film for historical accuracy. Watch it instead for entertainment value only and to see why Rita Hayworth was worshipped as a Goddess.

You can almost feel the debauchery oozing out of Charles Laughton's Herod as he oils his way through the film. And Judith Anderson's Queen Herodias is completely over the top, but you can see where she's coming from and that she's a product of her circumstances. Stewart Granger is almost out of place here as he's the only one not seriously hamming it up, but he still does a relatively convincing job as Commander Claudius, improving as the film progresses.

I love this film for the wonderful elocution-lesson delivery of the dialogue and the gloriously artificial colouring which give a lovely fantasy recreation of biblical times: even though bad things happen, they just don't seem that bad. And even after all these years Rita Hayworth's dancing is a vision to behold for men and women alike.


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