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Salome's Last Dance [1988] [VHS]

4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Actors: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace, Douglas Hodge, Imogen Millais Scott
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8SZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Ken Russell directs this erotic drama about Oscar Wilde. Set in a Victorian brothel draped in black silk, Wilde (Nickolas Grace) & his young friends are the special guests for a performance of his play 'Salome'. The only difference from a normal production is that the lead roles are played by the brothel owner (Stratford Johns), his wife, (Glenda Jackson) and the resident prostitutes! And too Wilde's suprise, his friend Boysie taking the role of John The Baptist. Typically like many Ken Russell films, it has plenty of nudity and a decadent style, but it's also very watchable with a very striking debut performance by Imogen Millais-Scott as the bewitchingly devious and provocative Salome.

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Format: DVD
If you like Russell, you'll love this. Using the expedient of a performance in a brothel, Russell gives us an excellent interpretation of Wilde's play as watched by a fictional Wilde (Grace). This gives him rein to include the usual bizarre oddities we expect from this off-the-ball director; still, he keeps a firm hand on things for once and the result is tight, well-acted and intriguing.
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The premise is that Wilde (and friends) visit a brothel, where the staff put on his play of "Salome". That's the main body of this Russell film. The actress playing Salome herself (forgive me, I can't remember) plays it up to the hilt. Stratford Johns plays Herod, Glenda Jackson his wife.
The play-within-the-play is excellent, and makes you wish that Russell would turn to some more works of Wilde - it needs his style to capture the delicacy of some of the moments.
Highly recommended, in short. Don't be put off by the R18 - probably just from the Russellian portrayl of the Israelites. It's totally in keeping with Wilde and the show.
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The name of the actress who plays Salome as mentioned in the other review is Imogen Millais-Scott and she plays her character beautifully - with sparkle, cheek and plenty of sauce. If you haven't seen it watch it now (although you may have some problems getting hold of it). It's a rare gem.
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Mind the aspect ratio - no mention of it in the specs here but this one's 4x3 only (IMDB quotes original aspect as 1.85:1).

Russell's movie is well worth a look - I'd rate it 4 stars if I could see it all - but not this disc at this price.
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If you like Ken Russell you will love his take on Oscar Wilde's Salome- it's a scream! Glenda Jackson as Herodias, well, one couldn't better that! I recommend it- must be seen. I've wanted to watch it again since i first saw it when it came out and now I can just watch again and again and again, to my heart's content.
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