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News items reported that "two thousand players were engaged for this super-picture. Eight hundred artisans alone were employed in building a reproduction of the city of Jerusalem..." The film had its premiere in Seattle on 10 Aug 1918 and played in various other cities before its New York opening on 6 Oct 1918. The story of Salome was filmed twice in America in the twenties: in 1922, with Nazimova starring and Charles Bryant directing; and in 1923, with Diana Allen starring and Malcolm Strauss directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4781 and F2.4782.) Among the many other screen versions of the story are the 1953 Columbia production, starring Rita Hayworth and directed by William Dieterle, and the 1972 Italian film directed by Carmelo Bene. The 1920 Metro film A Modern Salome (see entry) contains sequences based on the Salome story. ...

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News items reported that "two thousand players were engaged for this super-picture. Eight hundred artisans alone were employed in building a reproduction of the city of Jerusalem..." The film had its premiere in Seattle on 10 Aug 1918 and played in various other cities before its New York opening on 6 Oct 1918. The story of Salome was filmed twice in America in the twenties: in 1922, with Nazimova starring and Charles Bryant directing; and in 1923, with Diana Allen starring and Malcolm Strauss directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4781 and F2.4782.) Among the many other screen versions of the story are the 1953 Columbia production, starring Rita Hayworth and directed by William Dieterle, and the 1972 Italian film directed by Carmelo Bene. The 1920 Metro film A Modern Salome (see entry) contains sequences based on the Salome story.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
6 Apr 1918
p. 1461
ETR
19 Oct 1918
p. 1707
MPN
30 Mar 1918
p. 1888
MPW
18 Jan 1919
p. 389
New York Times
7 Oct 1918
p. 11
NYDM
21 Sep 1918
p. 444
Variety
11 Oct 1918
p. 45
Wid's
13 Oct 1918
pp. 19-20
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PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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LITERARY
Based on the book The Jewish Antiquities by Flavius Josephus (93-94 A.D.).
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Release Date:
August 1918
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
10 August 1918
LP13769
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Herod, the tyrannical king of Judea and usurper of the Hycranian dynasty, marries Miriam, the sister of the rightful heir to the throne, Prince David. Herod's beautiful but treacherous cousin Salome convinces him to bestow the powerful office of high priest on David in order to placate the Judeans, but later she secretly commissions Sejanus, who is in love with her, to drown the prince. After Salome persuades Herod that Miriam is trying to kill him, the queen, too, loses her life. John the Baptist enters Judea and publicly denounces Herod's court, whereupon Salome, her curiosity aroused, visits him in the desert and unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. During his imprisonment, the holy man again rejects her advances, and she vows to destroy him. At Herod's birthday feast, Salome performs a sensuous dance and asks for John the Baptist's head as a reward. As she kisses his lifeless lips, a fierce storm arises, and Herod, terrified, orders Salome's immediate ...

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Herod, the tyrannical king of Judea and usurper of the Hycranian dynasty, marries Miriam, the sister of the rightful heir to the throne, Prince David. Herod's beautiful but treacherous cousin Salome convinces him to bestow the powerful office of high priest on David in order to placate the Judeans, but later she secretly commissions Sejanus, who is in love with her, to drown the prince. After Salome persuades Herod that Miriam is trying to kill him, the queen, too, loses her life. John the Baptist enters Judea and publicly denounces Herod's court, whereupon Salome, her curiosity aroused, visits him in the desert and unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. During his imprisonment, the holy man again rejects her advances, and she vows to destroy him. At Herod's birthday feast, Salome performs a sensuous dance and asks for John the Baptist's head as a reward. As she kisses his lifeless lips, a fierce storm arises, and Herod, terrified, orders Salome's immediate execution.

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