Salome’s Last Dance (1988)


Upon arriving at an all-male brothel where he is welcomed as a regular, controversial Irish scribe Oscar Wilde is treated to a surprise performance of his recently banned work of theater, “Salome.” As a group of prostitutes runs through a bizarre and bawdy version of the play — which retells the story of Herod, his daughter and the execution of John the Baptist — Wilde responds to the sexual advances of a handsome young man.

Director: Ken Russell.
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace, Douglas Hodge, Imogen Millais-Scott, Denis Lill, Russell Lee Nash, Ken Russell, David Doyle, Warren Saire, Kenny Ireland, Michael Van Wijk, Paul Clayton, Imogen Claire, Tim Potter.


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  1. September 16, 2019

    Russell’s Marat/Sade in its way directed with flamboyance and with all the familiar elements in place including a a small part for himself. I haven’t seen any of his films in years so many thanks to Jon for this seldom screened film.

  2. Gabrielle
    September 22, 2019

    I love Ken Russell films and am so excited to find this one here. Thank you!

  3. Claus Harding
    September 23, 2019

    Fantastic, crazy film; amazing that it has been out of circulation for so long.

  4. Gerald L. Austin
    May 21, 2022

    It was a very silly film. Of course my favorite part was Salome giving her dance. There seemed to be a little ‘extra’ in there also.

  5. Gerald L. Austin
    November 26, 2023

    It has been quite a while since I last saw this. Now the hackers that the religious zealots have employed have managed to progress from terribly disgusting video stoppages to now being able to stop the video portion of the film and only allowing the audio portion to continue (with continual stoppages). So, the screen stayed on the same unwavering image, with only the audio playing starting with Salome’s dance. Very disgusting!!!

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