Lindsay Kemp’s Salomé again

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The NYPL digital library has recently upgraded its website (thanks to BibliOdyssey for the news), adding some features that make searching (and random browsing) an easier business. At first glance the contents seem pretty much the same but I definitely hadn’t seen this set of photos by Kenn Duncan before. The all-male production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé staged by Lindsay Kemp in 1975 was the queerest of them all but pictures and a few films clips are all the record we have. The production was also vividly coloured, a quality that’s lost in these shots. There’s a lot more at NYPL by Kenn Duncan, many of them photos of film, television and theatre performers taken for After Dark magazine in the 1970s.

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4 thoughts on “Lindsay Kemp’s Salomé again”

  1. Another very eccentric version of the Oscar Wilde’s Salomé was shot by the Italian actor Carmelo Bene in 1972. Have you ever seen it? And what do you think about it? Unfortunately there are no english subtitles in this upload on YouTube but it deserves a glance all the same.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZTkYt1mOFQ

  2. Hi Andrea. No, I’d not heard of that version before but I’ll definitely watch it. I know the story fairly well so it shouldn’t be too difficult to follow. Looks very interesting, like Fellini doing Wilde.

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