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.
NOTORIOUS, SCANDALOUS, WILDE!
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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.
Version of Salome
Music by Claude Debussy See more