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Al Pacino’s 'Wilde Salome' Preview Hits Web (Video)

The documentary will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 4.

By the look of things, Al Pacino has a lot on his plate. He’s directing and starring in a play, and directing and starring in a documentary about the play he’s directing and starring in.

A preview for the documentary Wilde Salome was released Thursday. The film, which will show at the Venice Internation Film Festival, chronicles Pacino’s journey in staging the famed Oscar Wilde play.

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‘’I have to function two ways – one as a director dealing with a camera, and one as an actor,” says Pacino in the frantic trailer. Pacino freely admits that he has an “obsession” with the British playwright.

Pacino will be awarded the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award at the Venice Internatiol Film Festival on Sept. 4. He will present Wilde Salome for its debut after he receives the award.

Salomé is one of Wilde’s most infamous works, and was once banned in the 1890s. It tells the Biblical tale of Salome Salome, who dances the dance of the seven veils, and then requests the Salome demands Iokanaan's head on a silver platter as a reward.

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