A Wilde film ride with Pacino

Al Pacino in Salome
Al Pacino in Salome
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Al Pacino and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain are joining Stephen Fry for a live Q&A event celebrating the UK release of Pacino’s films Salomé and Wilde Salomé that is beingscreened in Sheffield.

Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, Salomé, the two films will be presented together on Sunday night and followed by the live Q&A broadcast.

Salomé is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work, banned in London in the late 19th century.

This tale of lust, greed and revenge follows the Biblical 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, and influenced work by musicians including Nick Cave and U2.

Pacino first saw the play performed in London in 1988 with Steven Berkoff as Herod.

The work and performance took an obsessive grip that led him to undertake one of the most challenging projects of his career.

Pacino also played Herod on Broadway, but it was only after watching the arresting performance of Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) at a theatre in Los Angeles that he felt compelled to commit the project to film.

The actor and director said he also felt an intensifying desire to learn more about Oscar Wilde.

The result is a fascinating double feature: Salomé, a filmed version of the play, and Wilde Salomé, a documentary that captures the enormous challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while simultaneously directing these two features.

Wilde Salomé follows his journey to Europe to find out more about the literary genius.

It is said to be a profound vision that explores religion, literature, politics, violence and sexuality from one of the world’s greatest artists.

Following the presentation of both films, Stephen Fry will host a question and answer session with Pacino and Chastain at BFI Southbank which will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK.

Fry is an ideal choice as a lifelong admirer of the playwright and having played the title role in the 1997 feature film, Wilde.

The live broadcast can be seen at 4pm on Sunday at Cineworld in Sheffield or the Savoy Cinema in Worksop.