“I am writing a play about a woman dancing with her bare feet in the blood of a man she has craved for and slain.”
-Oscar Wilde (1891)
Alla Nazimova in Salome (1923, dir. Charles Bryant), the screen adaptation of Wilde’s play. Above, she performs the “Dance of the Seven Veils” to seduce King Herod into ordering the beheading of John the Baptist; below, the execution.