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    THEDA BARA IN "SALOMÉ´´

In 1918, Theda Bara (USA 1885- 1955) starred the American silent film “Salomé”, directed by J. Gordon Edwards and produced by William Fox (tragically, now a lost work).

The film, having been a relatively big-budget production exploiting the wildly popular Bara at the height of her "vamping" career, proved quite popular – yet this also contributed to some of the controversy surrounding it. Church groups protested against the film because of the poetic license used in adapting the original bible story of Salomé and John the Baptist, whereas the outcry against Bara’s seductive dance of the 7 veils and her scandalous costumes probably just boosted audience numbers further.

In response, director Edwards stated that his Salomé was not based upon any single version of the story, but was a combination of many versions and used poetic license. Edwards also noted the film had a "big, moral lesson" since "Salome, according to a consensus of literary opinion, was the wanton creature criminal history has given us" and who "drove the most diabolical bargain that has ever been known" by bartering "a dance for the head of a man."