Based on the story of Oscar Wilde, the story shows a luxurious presentation of Salome dancing the famous dance of the seven veils for Herod in exchange for John the Baptist's head. It was produced by the prestigious production company Le Film d’Art's Italian subsidiary(Film d’Arte Italiana), invested in by Pathé. The role of the young slave put to death was the actress Francesca Bertini's debut before she later became famous.
CategoriesBased on Play Based on the Bible Biblical Drama Dance Death of John the Baptist Drama Herod Antipas John the Baptist Imprisoned Oscar Wilde Salome Short Silent Film DramaShortBased on Play, Based on the Bible, Biblical Drama, Dance, Death of John the Baptist, Herod Antipas, John the Baptist Imprisoned, Oscar Wilde, Salome, Silent Film
|Ciro Galvani||-||John the Baptist|
|Francesca Bertini||-||Young slave|
This is a colored short film of the Salome story, where Salome dances for King Herod and asks for the head of John the Baptist. It has a nice setup where we begin with John the Baptist being captured, then later after the film introduces Salome, she visits John the Baptist. He preaches to her, and she rejects him - and you can clearly see her cunning reaction. Later we return to the same set when the head of John the Baptist is delivered on a plate. The dance itself is kind of a striptease, where Salome removes clothe pieces one by one - but not all of course. The set and costume are also quite fabulous.