Picking up watchmaker Jaeger le Coultre’s “Glory to the Filmmaker” Award at the Venice Film Festival, Al Pacino injected excitement into the world’s oldest festival, where even the press room went autograph crazy trying to get the star’s signature.
In Venice to present his latest directorial effort, “Wilde Salome,” Pacino was joined by this year’s unchallengeable rising star Jessica Chastain (“The Help,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter”). Chastain, clearly happy to be accompanying Pacino in Venice, planted a kiss on the actor/director’s cheek to the delight of the region’s paparazzi.
Consistent with Pacino’s recent musings on “The Merchant of Venice” and his New York staged readings of Wilde’s Salome, his latest film is a documentary billed as “a journey as [Pacino] unravels and re-interprets Oscar Wilde’s once banned and most controversial work” about a woman scorned. While perhaps a little academic in scope to challenge other films come the end of this year, Pacino’s presence never fails to excite, as his red carpet appearance for the release of the blu-ray edition of “Scarface” also proved.
Also lighting up Day 5 of our Red Carpet Round-Up are Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class,” “Jane Eyre”) reuniting with his “Hunger” director Steve McQueen, and singer/poet/artist Patti Smith.
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