Salomè Screen 2 articles

Salomè

1972

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  • If Camille's setting is so modern as to be almost futuristic, Salome looks like a space opera projected into biblical times. Wilde's play works primarily as a pretext for prowling about in gloriously ridiculous outfits, which largely replace the dizzying richness of his language with a perfect visual equivalent.

  • Visually, it’s a riot of extravagant colors (fluorescent costumes, Day-Glo sets) and opulent debaucheries flashing by so quickly that everything remains in delirious flux, and none of the fancy scenic splendors stands still long enough to be contemplated. Try to imagine Orson Welles’ Macbeth colored in with a Fellini paintbox, recut by Kenneth Anger, accompanied by Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and the Beer-Barrel Polka, and you’ll get a fraction of a notion of Bene’s giddy madness.