On Thursday Craig and I went to see a very special screening of Natacha Rambova's version of Oscar Wildes Salome at the Southbank Centre.
The Sound Affairs percussionist's played in a purpose built set surrounding the cinema screen and the whole theatre smelt of burning incense, it created such a wonderful atmostphere.
The film is weird and wonderful, Natasha Rambova's Sets and Costumes were based on Aubrey Beardsleys illustrations and they are breathtaking. The film is short and intense but the whole experience teamed with the music and the surroundings was amazing.
Alla Nazimova makes a perfect Salome and I was absolutely fascinated by the way that she moved and her facial expressions are pretty terrifying too. I can now see why Lady Gaga was inspired by her for her Monsterball art work. She made the perfect devilish beauty.
You can see footage of the set and the film on the sound affairs website here.
When we emerged from the theatre we were greeted by snow fall. I had never experienced snow by the river before. It was magical and the perfect end to a lovely evening.
I am generally a little fascinated by Salome. I promise you i'm not a murderous femme fatale in the making! Just a little in love with the different ways she has been visually portrayed over the years. Those of you that are familiar with the Theda Bara Salome will know what i'm talking about, those costumes...oh my!
You can see more Salome visuals on my Pinterest page here. I havent seen the Rita Hayworth verision yet but it looks like it's going to be a costume feast for the eyes.Have any of you seen it?
I am wearing:
1940's coat with tiered shoulders & fur stole: Beyond Retro
Necklace worn as a head dress: Charity shop
1920's flowers ( In my hair) : Porte De Clingnancourt market
Bindi (worn as beauty spot): Beyond Retro
Craig is wearing:
Navajo bag: Pendleton for opening ceremony
Pea coat & scarf: Beyond Retro
Hope you all have a lovely week