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    Salome (Fox, 1918). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    The well-known story of Salome is gloriously retold in this film, with the striking Russian star Alla Nazimova in the title role (she also directed, wrote, and produced). Considered a highly scandalous picture at the time, the set designs by Natacha Rambova (second wife of Rudolph Valentino) were based on the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley. A popular legend about the film, which may well be apocryphal, is that all of the cast members, hand-picked by Nazimova herself, were gay, and that all the female courtiers were played by men in drag. The film is a legendary paean to excess, whose box office failure nearly ruined Nazimova, but which is seen as a significant artistic triumph today. This glorious, Art Nouveau-style lobby card depicts Nazimova as Salome. There is a small chip in the top left corner, pinholes in the borders, corner bends, small tears in the bottom and right border, a small dust shadow along the bottom edge, and one pinhole in the border art. There is tape on the verso behind the pinholes. Fine/Very Fine.


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