Vintage Photos Featuring Alla Nazimova in “Salomé” (1923)

Salomé (1923), was directed by Charles Bryant and starred russian silent-movie queen Alla Nazimova – the film is an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play of the same name.

The play itself is a loose retelling of the biblical story of King Herod and his execution of John the Baptist (here, as in Wilde’s play, called Jokaanan) at the request of his stepdaughter, Salomé, whom he lusts after.

Salomé is often called one of the first art films to be made in the U.S.  The highly stylized costumes, exaggerated acting (even for the period), minimal sets, and absence of all but the most necessary props make for a screen image much more focused on atmosphere and on conveying a sense of the characters’ individual heightened desires than on conventional plot development.

Alla Nazimova in Salomé 1923, directed by Charles Bryant via

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Alla Nazimova in Salomé 1923, directed by Charles Bryant via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

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Alla Nazimova, in “Salomé” directed by Charles Bryant, 1923 via

Salomé Dances

Wonderful Belle Epoque Photos of Can-Can Dancer Saharet

Saharet (1879-1942) was an Australian dancer who made her New York City debut in February 1897. She performed in vaudeville music houses as well as in Broadway productions. Her given name was Clarissa Rose.

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Saharet by Georg Gerlach of Berlin ca. 1905 via

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Saharet by Georg Gerlach of Berlin ca. 1905 via

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Saharet by Georg Gerlach of Berlin ca. 1905 via

Beautiful Moira Shearer Dancing in The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes is a 1948 British film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known collectively as The Archers.

The film employs the story within a story device, being about a young ballerina who joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes, itself based on the fairy tale “The Red Shoes” by Hans Christian Andersen.

The film stars Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring and features Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massineand Ludmilla Tchérina, renowned dancers from the ballet world, as well as Esmond Knight and Albert Bassermann.

It has original music by Brian Easdale and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all-time favourite films.

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Robert Helpmann and Moira Shearer in The red shoes, 1948 via

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Moira Shearer and Leonide Massine in The red shoes, 1948 via
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Moira Shearer and Leonide Massine in The red shoes, 1948 via

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Moira Shearer in The red shoes, 1948 via

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Moira Shearer in The red shoes, 1948 via