Public Domain Day

Salomé

Perhaps ahead of its time, Salomé tells Oscar Wilde's revision of the ancient story of King Herod through minimalist set design, paradoxically opulent Art Nouveau costumes, and a touch of surrealism. The classic film Sunset Boulevard references the dance of the seven veils performed in Salomé, and that film’s lead actress and producer Alla Nazimova may have provided the inspiration for Sunset Boulevard’s central character, Norma Desmond.