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Salome's Last Dance (1988)

Late on Guy Fawkes Day, 1892, Oscar Wilde arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits: a staging of his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes, Wilde's host, his lover ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herodias / Lady Alice
... Herod / Alfred Taylor
Nickolas Grace ... Oscar Wilde
... John the Baptist / Lord Alfred 'Bosey' Douglas
Imogen Millais-Scott ... Salome / Rose
Denis Lill ... Tigellenus / Chilvers
Russell Lee Nash ... Pageboy
... Cappadocian / Kenneth (as Alfred Russell)
... A. Nubin
Warren Saire ... Young Syrian
Kenny Ireland ... 1st Soldier
... 2nd Soldier
Paul Clayton ... 1st Nazarean
Imogen Claire ... 2nd Nazarean
... Pharisee
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Late on Guy Fawkes Day, 1892, Oscar Wilde arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits: a staging of his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes, Wilde's host, his lover Bosey, and Lady Alice. The movie moves between the play and Wilde's night. In the play, Herod begs his pubescent step-daughter Salome to dance for him, promising her anything she desires. Her mother, Herodias, objects. Salome is stung by John the Baptist's rejection of her affections. The prophet's scolding celibacy puts him between the expressed desire of age and youth. Wilde dallies with a young man as he watches the show, provoking Bosey's jealousy. Two surprises await him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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NOTORIOUS, SCANDALOUS, WILDE!


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Also Known As:

A Última Dança de Salomé  »

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$331,469
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Glenda Jackson had fun with an "in joke" referring to her role as Lady Bracknell in the stage production of The Importance of Being Earnest by reciting the immortal lines "a HANDbag?!" in the latter part of the film. See more »

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Herod: Now take your ease and imagine yourself on a moonlit terrace in the palace of bad King Herod, on a balmy summer's night, some 20 years or so after the birth of Jesus Christ. And what our production lacks in stagecraft, we hope to make up for in enthusiasm. And any shortcomings in design I know will be compensated for by your fertile imagination.
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Version of Salome (1908) See more »

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Music by Claude Debussy
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A visual feast...
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Currently selling for over $100 on eBay, copies of Salome's Last Dance are not easy of cheap to come by. Truly a cult classic. A few years ago it was available from Netflix, but no more.

For those lucky enough to see the film (which I will not discuss) what awaits is a series of set pieces and costumes that manage to merge the magic of theater with that of Cinema. If you are in the right state of mind, few movies are as enjoyable to watch as this one... truly captivating.

If you do choose to see Salome, please do others the favor of re-selling the DVD when you are done with it - think of it as a security deposit. The sound and picture quality of the DVD version is quite good. If you liked the Giger scenes in Alien, this movie is likely for you.


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