Salome’s Last Dance

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(out of 5)


Ken Russell’s best film in years is this energetic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular play, here presented in the most curious fashion. It is performed by residents of a brothel for the entertainment pleasure of Wilde himself, with all the costumes and sets created from whatever the house of ill repute has available to its resources.  is superb as Herodias, and she sits atop a terrific cast who all bring Wilde’s marvelous dialogue to life with exceptional ease. The material never felt so fresh in this superior version of the oft-filmed play.


Jolly Russell Productions

United Kingdom, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by Ken Russell, translated by , based on the play Salome by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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