Al Pacino, 2011/2013, U.S., 88m/81m, DCP
Banned from public performance in the UK for 40 years, Oscar Wilde’s wildly controversial 1891 one-act play Saloméhas been a long-standing obsession for Al Pacino. After holding a reading in 2003, Pacino brought the play to the stage in 2006 (with a cast including then-newcomer Jessica Chastain in the title role and Pacino himself as King Herod) and shot this electrifying film version. Wilde Salomé goes behind the scenes and explores the actor/director’s ongoing fascination with the play and its author. Together, these two films—screening here in their first-ever NYC engagements—create a fascinating diptych and provide a window into the artistic mind and process of one of our greatest performers.
Exclusive New York engagement
Sea of Love
Thurs March 29, 6.30pm — With Al Pacino and Harold Becker in person
Harold Becker, 1989, U.S., 113m, 35mm
A more romantic variant of the “intimate jeopardy” subgenre in which the titular song by Phil Phillips with the Twilights serves as a killer’s calling card while setting the tone for lonesome cop Pacino’s unprofessional involvement with prime suspect Ellen Barkin. As he covertly investigates whether she’s behind a series of lonely-hearts murders, the actors’ chemistry is to die for.
Thurs March 29, 9.00pm — With Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson in person
Hugh Hudson, 1985, UK, 115m, DCP
An English armada heads for NYC to quash an uprising—but as the date is July 4th, 1776, things will not go precisely as planned. Swept up in the turbulent events are apolitical trapper Pacino (whose son and boat are pressed into service for the UK by odious Donald Sutherland) and society daughter-turned-freedom fighter Nastassja Kinski. The eclectic cast includes Steven Berkoff, Joan Plowright, Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Annie Lennox.
We are screening the director’s cut finessed by Hudson with new narration recorded by Pacino in 2009.
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