Salomé

Los Angeles: Fox Film Corporation, Circa 1918. Vintage reference photograph from the lost 1918 film, showing noted silent era actress Theda Bara in costume as Salomé, barefoot, wearing several strings of pearls. Fox Film Corporation stamp on the verso.

A controversial but nevertheless successful film, and one of the roles for which Bara became best-known, based on the Biblical story of Salomé and John the Baptist. The film was widely protested by religious groups at the time of its release for Bara's revealing costumes, and for the plot's divergence from the Biblical text. As with most of Bara's films, the film is currently considered lost.

Film studios promoted Bara as a sex symbol and exotic femme fatale, and she was typically cast in roles coded (or openly referred to) as ethnic, despite her efforts to avoid typecasting. Her career peaked with her performance as Cleopatra in the 1917 film of the same name.

10 x 8 inches. Very Good plus, lightly age toned, with wear at the corners.


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