Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Salomé

Directed by Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, Dorothy Davenport Reid, and Alice Guy-Blaché
Year: 2018

An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious 1891 stageplay, SALOMÉ is a queer classic. Produced by its star Alla Nazimova and designed by Natacha Rambova, the film re-envisions the biblical story of Salomé, who danced for King Herod with the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. Inspired by the work of Aubrey Beardsley, whose illustrations accompanied the first English translation of Wilde's play, Nazimova and Rambova abandoned any effort at historical realism, crafting a style that film scholar Martin Turnbull has called "Art Nouveau meets searing minimalism meets Hollywood decadence." Under-appreciated in its day – Photoplay's reviewer called the film "bizarre stuff," a "hothouse orchid of decadent passion" – SALOMÉ is now considered one of the first American art films.

"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."

"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."

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"This is nirvana for keen purchasers ready to immerse themselves in a blossoming new expression started over 100 years ago. To those even remotely interested - Kino's 6 Blu-ray package is strongly recommended!"

" essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."

"Film fans, rejoice! The true history of the motion picture industry just got a bit more complete."

"This wonderful box set would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in women in film or in film history."

" of the most important disc sets of 2018, and it's the perfect gift for the serious cinephile."

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid