Wilde Salome is a new movie written and directed by Al Pacino and takes audiences on a journey that explores Oscar Wilde’s controversial play – Salome. This play by Oscar Wilde was one banned and is a tale about lust, greed and a woman’s scorn. Wilde Salome stars Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain and Kevin Anderson. Check out what you can expect from this new Al Pacino film below:
“Jessica Chastain’s Performance in Wilde Salome
Though it was given on stage in 2006, I can’t imagine a better performance captured on film that Jessica Chastain has ever given than her extraordinary work in Al Pacino’s “Wilde Salomé”, which had its U.S. premiere this week in San Francisco. To my best knowledge this is the first film Ms. Chastain starred in, and whenever “Wilde Salomé” finally gets a genuine U.S. theatrical release, audiences will see just how great she is in it.
Unfortunately, Mr. Pacino’s documentary is not about Ms. Chastain, who plays the legendary playwright and wit Oscar Wilde’s character Salomé on stage in Estelle Parsons’ theatre direction at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles. Nor does it offer up Ms. Chastain’s unfiltered perspective on her character. (She mentions a thing or two about Salomé, but that’s about all.) Even so, “Wilde Salomé” is brilliant and fascinating, with Mr. Pacino playing multiple roles, including as raconteur and anguished director stressed about trying to achieve the near impossible — capture in five shooting days the spontaneity of the 90-minute read-through play Ms. Parsons directs while he stars in it as Herod, and make Ms. Parsons’ theatrical production look and feel like a film — all at the same time. When the iconic actor verbalizes what he endeavors to do, we’re flabbergasted.
Yet impossible is nothing, as the phrase goes, and Mr. Pacino goes to some lengths to not only get the play staged as cinema but also to understand and immerse himself in his idol Oscar Wilde. He travels to Ireland, the birth place of Mr. Wilde, giving us a thorough lesson on the personal life and accomplishments of the writer, who passed at age 46 in 1900. Uninitiated viewers will learn of Mr. Wilde’s dual lives, his awakening and rediscovering of self, his passions, his affairs, his works (particularly “Salomé”, which Mr. Wilde wrote when he was still in his twenties, and in French no less, his second language. A play dubbed “scandalous”, “Salomé” was banned in a number of places.) Mr. Pacino also pays his own personal homage to Mr. Wilde, saluting him on a number of occasions and giving insights to the things that connect him as a bread-and-butter thespian to Mr. Wilde. “Thank you so much. I am in debt to you. So much debt,” Mr. Pacino says sincerely, looking at a statue of Mr. Wilde perched on a wall.
In much the same vein as “Looking For Richard” (1996), “Wilde Salomé” captures the artist as explorer, as stager, as crisis-engager and performer. “Wilde Salomé” is well-balanced, and its writer-director Mr. Pacino knows when to take his foot off the gas pedal and put on the brakes when things become either too intense or too irreverent.”
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Wilde Salome is scheduled for release on October 25th 2013.
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