|Al Pacino as King Herod in SALOME|
Here at the American Cinematheque, we're beginning the month of August in a big way - we're thrilled to welcome actor and filmmaker Al Pacino for appearances at both the Egyptian and Aero Theatres!
Please note that the time of the August 10th program at the Egyptian has changed from 7:30 PM to 5:30 PM due to a schedule conflict for Mr. Pacino. SALOME will begin at 5:30 PM. At 7:30 PM, WILDE SALOME will be shown. The Q&A with Mr. Pacino will follow WILDE SALOME. After the Q&A, SALOME will be projected again for those who cannot arrive at 5:30 PM. Tickets are still on sale for this program!
Pacino and theatrical director Estelle Parsons spent nearly two years developing a production of Oscar Wilde's Salome, the story of a princess who lived in the time of Jesus, before bringing it to Broadway, and then to Los Angeles's Wadsworth Theatre in Westwood in 2006. Jessica Chastain, a young actress then two years out of Juilliard's drama program and credited with a few TV roles, was cast in the title role, alongside Pacino as King Herod. Pacino worked with a camera crew to document the process of creating and executing the Los Angeles production. Now, several years later, his documentary WILDE SALOME is a finished work, capturing the highs and lows of presenting this challenging piece of theatre through a revealing and avant-garde journey on film. Paired with it is SALOME, Pacino's narrative filming of the play.
More on the films:
2013, Salome Productions, 78 min, USA, Dir: Al Pacino
The story of a princess who lived in the time of Jesus. Salomé is in love with prophet John the Baptist, whom her stepfather, King Herod, has imprisoned in a well for heresy. But her love is spurned, and after the king drunkenly promises the princess anything she wants in exchange for an erotically charged dance, Salomé puts Herod in a terrible position by demanding the head of John the Baptist - the only man the king fears.
2011, Salome Productions, 95 min, USA, Dir: Al Pacino
This filmic collage captures the highs and lows of presenting a challenging work by one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde. Staging the play live in Los Angeles, director Al Pacino tackles its problems and issues and helps discover a new star, Jessica Chastain, in the title role of SALOMÉ. Pacino also grapples with Wilde’s need to express something utterly different from anything he had written before, and with finding a way to make a movie of the entire event. An unusual, revealing and avant-garde journey into the light and heart of Oscar Wilde's masterwork.