6.8/10
666
2 user 19 critic

Wilde Salomé (2011)

A tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn.

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Salomé (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Biblical story of Salomé, a girl who agrees to perform the "dance of the seven veils" in return for John the Baptist's head on a silver platter.

Director: Al Pacino
Stars: Kevin Anderson, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Guzzo
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino
Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey
Jolene (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

Director: Dan Ireland
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Frances Fisher, Rupert Friend
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.

Director: Al Pacino
Stars: Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, Susan Floyd
Miss Julie (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.

Director: Liv Ullmann
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two symbiotic sociopaths play obscurely deviant mind games with each other while engaging in perversely brutal acts of violence against victims apparently chosen at random.

Director: David F. Wheeler
Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Maher
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Director: Ami Canaan Mann
Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz
The Color of Time II (2012)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life.

Directors: Edna Luise Biesold, Sarah-Violet Bliss, and 9 more credits »
Stars: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain
The Debt I (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher
Manglehorn (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself / King Herod
...
Salome
...
Himself / John the Baptist
...
Herodias
...
Himself
...
The Young Syrian / Narraboth / Captain of the Guard / Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Syrian Soldier
Epiphany Alexander ...
Herself
...
(as Rhonda Marie)
...
Slave
...
Greek girl
Anselm Clinard ...
Tigellinus / Desert Sequence
...
Herodias / Desert Sequence
...
Robert Ross
Edit

Storyline

Pacino tells the story of how he came to do Oscar Wilde's Salomé, in documentary style. He travels to the Mojave desert ("dessert?"), to Ireland and the UK to let the viewer take knowledge of who Oscar Wilde was as a private person and as a writer. Pacino invites the viewer to his love for Wilde and the story of Salomé in particular. You see rehearsals, custome meetings and more behind the scenes material. Celebrities like Gore Vidal and Bono are featured shortly to give their vision on Oscar Wilde. Written by Rob

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, nudity and violent images | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salomaybe?  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Al Pacino previously starred as King Herod in Oscar Wilde's "Salomé" on Broadway in 1992 opposite Sheryl Lee (directed by Robert Allan Ackerman), and in 2003 opposite Marisa Tomei (directed by Estelle Parsons). He reprised the role in 2006 in Los Angeles opposite Jessica Chastain'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Devil Drives Stick (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Salome served up on a platter by Al Pacino.
22 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I just saw the opening of "Wilde Salome" in San Francisco, with Al Pacino there to give an introduction to the film. He described the passion he felt when he first saw a staged version of "Salome," in London years ago. He was riveted by the writing and wanted to meet the author - before he realized that it had been written by Oscar Wilde. That set him upon a journey to learn more about Wilde and the play itself. In form, it's like, "Looking for Richard," his 1996 exploration of Shakespeare's "Richard III."

What follows is a dissection of Wilde's "Salome" that cuts between a stage performance, the filming of that stage performance, filming in the desert to catch the feeling of Biblical life, and a documentary about Pacino's own exploration. While the film can seem a bit disjointed, it's actually a circular route that ends at the most dramatic parts of the play.

Pacino weaves in bits of Wilde's tempestuous private life and how it relates to the themes of the play. (I didn't know that his wife and children changed their last name to "Holland" after his jail sentence.) It includes visits to Wilde's London house and ultimately to the hotel room in Paris where he died - and where he famously said on his deathbed, "Either the wallpaper goes or I go."

The performance of the play itself is anchored by the Salome of Jessica Chastain, in her first film role. Pacino said that he would not have made the movie without her. And one can see why; it's an electric performance filled with passion, coquettishness, raw sexuality, and evil. After Herod promises Salome whatever she wants in return for dancing for him, he is shocked when she demands the head of John the Baptist. Pacino's King Herod then promises her peacocks, jewels, and titles. But Chastain's Salome never wavers in her vengeful demand. She had been spurned by John the Baptist and she is determined to win - at all costs.

But, ultimately, this is Pacino's story. I felt that it was a bit of a vanity project because Pacino overwhelms both the play and Wilde. He is an over-the-top performer and an over-the-top personality. He pulses with passion, fire, frustration, humor, and intellectual curiosity. One can either marvel at his intensity or be irritated by it. At times, he seems to be a caricature of himself - the bellowing Al Pacino of "The Devil's Advocate."

"Wilde Salome" is an enlightening journey into the world of Wilde, acting, preparation, directing - and the art of being Al Pacino.


30 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page