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Confession: We were distracted by Jessica Chastain's cleavage in this plunging Erdem dress. It's far more boob than the Wilde Salomé star typically shows and we love a style 180! Then we finally noticed the rest of the look and were slightly less thrilled. Our first thought: Banana-flavored cotton candy. Our second: We can't believe it's not (made of) butter! As much as we love both of those food items, neither is a couture compliment. What's sad about this style sitch is that it's the fault of color alone. The tiered skirt is fantastic, that bold neckline is beautiful, and the length is gorgeous on this tall, red-headed beauty. We even love the texture throughout the fabric to »
Oscar Wilde's controversial play, based on the biblical story about the beheading of John the Baptist, has been a long-time obsession of Pacino's, on a par with Shakespeare's "Richard III" for the actor. But although he filmed his theatrical staging of Wilde's tragedy way back in 2006 (casting Chastain in her first feature) and his companion-piece documentary "Wilde Salomé" premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival (where it received mixed reviews), yesterday marked their first presentation as a double bill. Both films and the Q&A were broadcast live to dozens of cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Initially banned from the London stage for its salacious depiction of biblical characters, "Salomé" was one of Wilde's most controversial works, but the great wit's wordplay within it is rhythmic, ornate and hypnotic; it's not difficult to fathom why Pacino became smitten after seeing Steven Berkoff's famed London production in the late. »
- Matt Mueller
★★★★☆The world of the stage proves very much the theme of the festival this year with the third film so far to take the theatrical world as its background. Director Barry Levinson's Philip Roth adaptation The Humbling (2014) is a bird of an entirely different feather to the screwball antics of She's Funny That Way (2014) or the anarchic brio of Birdman (2014). Featuring a masterly turn by Al Pacino, The Humbling is actually closer to Pacino's own theatre-based documentaries Looking for Richard (1996) and Wilde Salomé (2011) in its looseness and postmodern playfulness. It's also by turns moving and very funny. Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is an ageing actor in decline and verging of a nervous breakdown.
- CineVue UK
If your Tuesday needs a few more severed heads than usual, you’re in luck: the new trailer for Al Pacino’s Oscar Wilde double bill of Salomé and Wilde Salomé is here. The play has long been a passion project for the shouty actor, and there’s plenty of excellent Pacino ranting (“I got four days to shoot a 90-minute play!”) for those who like that sort of thing. In the title role is one Jessica Chastain. Her performance predates Zero Dark Thirty and The Tree Of Life, though it was purportedly this play that brought her to the attention of one Terrence Malick.The original play sees the titular Salomé, daughter of King Herod, cultivate an obsession with John the Baptist, leading to dancing, pining and beheading. As Wilde himself wrote, “One should not look at anything. Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Unless it »
From the press release:
Al Pacino’s Salomé and Wilde Salomé based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to get a UK release as part of a very special event at BFI Southbank, London. The two films produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together on Sunday 21st September and followed by a Q&A with Academy Award winner Al Pacino that will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. The unique event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.
Salomé is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work, banned in London in the late 19th Century. This scintillating tale of lust, greed and revenge follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for his young stepdaughter, Salomé, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. Wilde’s adaptation has spawned multiple stage productions including an opera by Richard Strauss, »
- Luke Owen
The two films produced by Barry Navidi and Robert Fox will be presented together Sept 21, followed by a Q&A with Pacino that will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. The event will be hosted by Stephen Fry, who played the titular role in 1997 feature Wilde.
6 items from 2014
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