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Wild Salom review

Wilde Pacino

“I’m doing a play, a movie of the play and a documentary all at the same time,” sighs a stressed-out Al Pacino. This is the doc, poking its inquisitive nose into rehearsals but also offering a whistle-stop tour through the life of Oscar Wilde. Pacino treks from London to Paris to the Mojave Desert to better understand the man and his play, teasing out sexual and spiritual themes.

Like Pacino’s Shakespeare rumination Looking For Richard (1996), Wilde Salomé is passionate and absorbing, though the insertion of lengthy clips from the film might irk viewers who’ve just watched it.

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