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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 »

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (play), Vivian Russell (translation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Herodias / Lady Alice
Stratford Johns ... Herod / Alfred Taylor
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Oscar Wilde
Douglas Hodge ... John the Baptist / Lord Alfred 'Bosey' Douglas
Imogen Millais-Scott Imogen Millais-Scott ... Salome / Rose
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Tigellenus / Chilvers
Russell Lee Nash Russell Lee Nash ... Pageboy
Ken Russell ... Cappadocian / Kenneth (as Alfred Russell)
David Doyle ... A. Nubin
Warren Saire Warren Saire ... Young Syrian
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ... 1st Soldier
Michael Van Wijk ... 2nd Soldier
Paul Clayton Paul Clayton ... 1st Nazarean
Imogen Claire Imogen Claire ... 2nd Nazarean
Tim Potter ... Pharisee
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

NOTORIOUS, SCANDALOUS, WILDE!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Dança de Salomé See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$331,469
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jolly Russell Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Russell: a stagehand. See more »

Quotes

John the Baptist: Don't be tempted to worship the golden calf or you'll suffer my wrath.
Oscar Wilde: No sermons, please, Bosey. I'm not in the mood for the missionary position just now.
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Version of Salome (1908) See more »

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Gigues
Music by Claude Debussy
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Another great film by Ken Russel
16 September 2004 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

This film is actually an Oscar Wilde's stage play adaptation on film, so it won't appeal easily to ordinary film-buffs. This plus its controversial subject matter (commentary on religions, naughty humour, study of seducing, nudity), the old-fashioned style & dialogues will propably turn down many. Their loss. Ken Russel is for once more intelligent and even though a bit unreasonably obsessive with some key-phrases of Salome, his trademark visual style are still evident in this one as well.

So, this ain't only for Ken Russel's fans, but also to any lover of true cinema. In these years of Hollywood films, it's not violence or nudity itself that offends. It's the way they are presented. In a typical Hollywood flick nudity (female, of course) as well as violence is shown to make the viewer feel better. In 'Salome's last dance', this is not the case, because its way is not something you're used to.


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