William Mortensen’s Salomés


Joyzelle Joyner as Salomé.

Two undated photographs by William Mortensen (1897–1965) which use the Salomé theme as a possible disguise for motives that have little to do with Biblical storytelling; looking at this collection of Mortensen’s work he evidently had a thing for arty erotica. Joyzelle Joyner was an American actress who appeared in minor roles in a number of silent films. Her lascivious scene in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932) was deemed scandalous enough to later be cut from the film by censors. Watch it here. (Tip via Beautiful Century.)


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