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Salomé Review

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A filmed recording of Al Pacino’s 2006 Los Angeles production of Oscar Wilde’s tale

★★★★★

Al Pacino goes past hammy straight to horrendous as an eccentrically mannered, depraved Herod in this altogether odd film of a 2006 L.A. staging of Oscar Wilde’s decadent play about the Biblical daughter of Herodias, whose rebuffed lust for captive John the Baptist prompts her fabled version of a Judean lapdance in exchange for the prophet’s head. Not least of the weirdness is Pacino’s affected but indeterminate accent amid an otherwise resolutely American ensemble. Jessica Chastain, though, in a performance that brought a stampede of filmmakers to her door, is sensational, mesmerising, mad, bad and intoxicatingly erotic.

Five stars for Chastain. For the film, not so much.

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