Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1988. Jolly Russell Productions. Screenplay by Ken Russell, translated by Vivian Russell, based on the play Salome by Oscar Wilde. Cinematography by Harvey Harrison. Produced by Penny Corke. Production Design by Michael Buchanan. Costume Design by Michael Arrals. Film Editing by Timothy Gee.
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. Glenda Jackson 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.