Al Pacino Will Screen "Salome" and "Wilde Salome," Inspired by Oscar Wilde's Controversial Play, Followed by Q&A Talkback

By Carey Purcell
03 Jun 2014

Exploring his obsession with Oscar Wilde's play Salome, Al Pacino will screen his films "Salome" and "Wilde Salome" back to back Sept. 21, as part of a special event at the British Film Institute Southbank complex, according to the Hollywood Reporter.



The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Pacino, which will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland. The event will be hosted by Tony nominee Stephen Fry (Twelfth Night).

"Salome" is a filmed version of the play, while "Wilde Salome" is a documentary that captures the challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while also directing the two features.

Oscar Wilde's play follows the legend of King Herod and his desire for his young stepdaughter, Salome, as well as her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. It is Wilde's most controversial work and was banned in London in the late 19th century.

Pacino first saw the play performed in London in 1988 with Steven Berkoff in the role of Herod, and the performance inspired an obsession for Pacino with the work.

"Having 'Salome' and 'Wilde Salome' shown in this context is very rewarding. It's a real source of excitement to me that cinemas across the U.K. will be able to see my films and to share our discussion," Pacino told the Hollywood Reporter.

Pacino is a two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner. He made his Broadway debut in 1969 with Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, which won him a Featured Actor Tony Award. His screen credits include "The Godfather" and "Scent of a Woman."

Other credits include Camino Real, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (Tony Award), King Richard III, American Buffalo, Chinese Coffee, Salome, Hughie, The Merchant of Venice and Glengarry Glen Ross.