The Biblical story of Salome had been filmed (and considerably expanded upon) dozens of times before this two-reel Italian production was issued in 1913. Filmed on-location in Turin, the picture starred French actress Madame Suzanne de Laarboy in the title role. The climactic "dance of the seven veils" and the beheading of John the Baptist were, of course, the film's highlights; the trade paper Variety was especially taken by Salome's dance, which the reviewer described as "a pippin." Salome ran some 37 minutes, approximately the same length as Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss' one-act opera version. The film was released stateside by European Feature Film Company.
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