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SALOME (1953)


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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Judith Anderson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke
  • Directors: William Dieterle
  • Producers: Buddy Adler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DDHFJTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Princess of Galilee is banished from Rome and returns to meet John the Baptist, whom she tries to save from execution.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Nelson on May 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Every review of this movie I've ever read has been negative. Yet I have never tired of watching it again and again- the truest test of greatness. The time for me to emerge from the celluloid "guilty pleasures" closet is here. Critical scorn be damned- I adore this movie! I concede that in the beginning of the film the glorious Rita Hayworth's performance is wooden- but how she comes alive at the finale justifies any wait. Once she emerges from behind a pillar in Herod's court concealed in a shimmering sheath of blue- and then slowly and sinuously lowers it to reveal to Herod the answer to his most hedonistic dream- the film becomes a cinematic feast "like no other." I suppose Laughton and Anderson ham it up- but watching these two incredibly talented actors pull out all the stops- ham was never more delicious! They are unforgettable. Alan Badel is hard to take, but even he has his moments- as when he offers the thoroughly decadent Herod a chance for personal redemption, or when he reveals the identity of the disguised-in-a-crowd Salome as the "daughter of Herodias" but commends her misguided fears for her mother's safety. One reviewer calls this movie "over-costumed." I say "Hail Jean Louis!" The story of Salome was meant to flaunt gorgeous clothes and I have never seen such a display of eye-popping fabrics and colors- they alone make it worth watching. I treasure motion pictures as a haven from harsh reality- and this movie's "matchless beauty" more than fits the bill.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on August 4, 2002
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Religious epics from the 50's ran the gamut from well-made and reverential films like "The Robe" and Academy Award-winning champ "Ben-Hur" to the camp entertainment of "The Ten Commandments" to downright awful productions like "The Silver Chalice"(Jack Palance at his overacting best).
Well, "Salome" falls somewhere in the middle. It is both historically inaccurate and captivatingly seductive while attempting to be as pious as audiences of the decade demanded in their Bible-based dramas.
This Rita Hayworth vehicle does well as a showcase for the actress/dancer whose natural beauty was enhanced in glorious Technicolor. As the daughter of King Herod, Hayworth's Salome is a study in contrasts: one that is torn between her duty to the monarchy and to the romantic advances of Christian-convert Stewart Granger.
Charles Laughton is somewhat hammy as Herod, but all great actors have their occasional over-the-top roles. Dame Judith Anderson adds another evil matriarch to her long line of "bad girls" as Heroditus, wife of Herod and chief catalyst behind the beheading of John the Baptist (Alan Badel).
Hey, the flick ain't Shakespeare, but it does hold the interest especially Hayworth's "Dance of the Seven Veils".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on July 14, 2004
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"Salome", has really come in for it's fair share of criticism in the years since it's 1953 release. Criticised for it's blatant altering of the New Testament story that depicts the beheading of John the Baptist, it has been called everything from a campy mess to an insult to scholars of the Bible. However I always just appreciate the film for it's many outstanding qualities that well and truly earn it a place in my personal pantheon of great 1950's Biblical Epics. Lacking the wide scope of for example "The Ten Commandments", "Salome", takes a short incident in the Bible and turns it into a highly entertaining and at times tragic story. It certainly succeeded in provided an eye filling showcase for actress Rita Hayworth, only recently arrived back in Hollywood after an unsuccessful marriage to Prince Aly Khan. Despite the break from Hollywood she has never been more alive and sensual as in this role and her justly famous rendition of the notorious "Dance of the Seven Veils", is the dramatic and indeed sensual climax of the film. If for nothing else Rita Hayworth will always be imprinted in viewers minds as the Princess Salome seductively performing this dance before an obviously besotted King Herod just prior to John the Baptist's head being brought into the room on a platter.

We have all read about John the Baptist as children and how Princess Salome agreed to do the "Dance of the Seven Veils", in return for the Baptist's head. Hollywood being Hollywood, has altered the story and Salome is now not the total wanton of the Bible story but a basically decent girl surrounded by total corrupting influences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nellwyn presley on April 18, 2013
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these old christian classics will not be forgotten. i have seen these all again and really enjoyed them. they are not to be overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eswan on February 12, 2011
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I LOVE this movie for Rita! She's at her most gorgeous, a good actress and spectacular dancer. Her 'Dance of the 7 Veils' is fabulous!

I LOVE the Jean Louis costumes too, they are some of the most beautiful I've seen in movies! Wonderful sets, good character actors and well-edited too.

Rather preachy biblical story with a mad-eyed John the Baptist, but still manages to be wonderful entertainment.

* I purchased my VHS version here and it looks great. :-D Enjoy
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