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What do you get the girl who has everything? The 1923 film Salome, based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, retells one of the more gruesome stories of the New Testament: King Herod of Judea cannot say no to his spoiled-rotten stepdaughter Salomé, who demands and receives her true desire—John the Baptist’s head on a platter. Charles Bryant’s film was way ahead of its time, with a minimalistic set design that anticipated Lars von Trier; it was also a complete flop. On Saturday, the National Portrait Gallery will present it with a new soundtrack written and performed live by the Silent Orchestra, a duo made up of Carlos Garza and Rich O’Meara, who regularly accompany Halloween screenings of Nosferatu at the AFI Silver Spring.
SALOME SHOWS AT 3 P.M. THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, 8TH AND F STREETS NW. FREE (TICKETS AVAILABLE AT 2:30 P.M). (202) 633-1000.