By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 30, 2011 at 6:59AM
Geez, with the Venice Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, it looks like PR teams have decided to turn all of their faucets of images and clips on at the same time. So here's another sneak peek, but this time of a movie we haven't really heard all that much about.
Al Pacino's "Wild Salome" will hit the Lido and it's a meta-docu-drama-play sort of thing. The film, directed by and starring Pacino, chronicles his journey in staging the famed Oscar Wilde play, including the rabbit hole of research he falls into as he goes deep to understand all the nuances of the work and life of the author. We wonder if his preparation was this intensive for "Jack & Jill." Anyway, this brief, one minute glimpse is notable for a few things, mostly Pacino's wild array of hair and the headband that strains to keep it contained. But on a more serious note, Jessica Chastain found her breakout role in the stage play, which launched her movie career and is the reason she is starring in 59 films this year. Why no one bothered to show a moment of her in this clip is beyond us.
Anyway, the film will unspool in Venice, marking its only fest appearance this fall. After that, who knows what the future holds. Check it out below along with the Venice festival synopsis.
Wilde Salome invites audiences into the world of Al Pacino as never before, offering a deeply intimate portrayal of the cinema’s greatest icon, playing his most demanding role: himself and King Herod. Brimming with shockingly candid moments, Wilde Salome ventures with Pacino all over the world, to London, Paris, Dublin, New York, Los Angeles and to his dressing room backstage; nothing is off limits as Al Pacino explores the complexities of the play, the trials and tribulations of Wilde’s life, and in the process offers an unprecedented look at his own. At once touching and deeply funny, Pacino’s journey in Wilde Salome is one of passion, determination and above all, obsession. Tom Stoppard, Gore Vidal, Bono, Tony Khusner, and Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland also appear in the film.