Al Pacino to visit the BFI in September for a screening of his adaptation of Wilde's Salome

Al Pacino will be attending the BFI Southbank to discuss in person two recent projects of his based on Oscar Wide's play Salome: his adaptation of the text for stage (a recording of which will play as part of the programme), and a supporting filmic collage depicting the work involved in staging the production. For those who don't know, Pacino has long kept a parallel career on stage going alongside his film work as well as starring in stage adaptations to film (such as Glengarry Glen Ross). Looking For Richard, a documentary directed by Pacino himself about his attempt to stage a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, is a good place to start for viewers wanting to explore the regions of Pacino's work where film/theatre intertwine.

From the BFI:

Salomé (2013) 
Oscar Wilde’s most controversial play is the story of a princess who lived in the time of Jesus. It is a scintillating tale of lust, greed and betrayal that has spawned multiple stage productions, an opera by Richard Strauss, and influenced work by musicians including Nick Cave and U2. This is a filmed recording of one of the performances in Los Angeles.

Wilde Salomé (2011) 
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.

Following the presentation of these films, a live feed from NFT1 will also be broadcast on screen in NFT3 to allow audiences to enjoy Al Pacino joined on stage by Stephen Fry ‎in a conversation that will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK.

Tickets £18, concs £14 (Members pay £1.50 less) This ticket is inclusive of both plays and the broadcast of the conversation. The live event in NFT1 is now sold out. BFI Champion and Cinema Members can enter the online ballot, for up to two tickets to this screening, before 20:30 on 24 June. Any remaining tickets will be made available for public booking online, by phone and in person at 11:30 on 25 June.


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