|Al Pacino in Venice (Photo|
|Al Pacino & Chris Messina (Photo: David Azia)|
|Greta Gerwig & Al Pacino in The Humbling|
"Simon Axler is a famed stage actor who becomes depressed then suicidal when he suddenly and inexplicably loses his gift. In an attempt to get his mojo back, he has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age. Before long, the relationship causes chaos as people from the romantic duo's pasts resurface in their lives."
|Al Pacino as Simon Axler as King Lear|
Barry Levinson said it was it was literally like making a home movie because they shot the movie in 20 days in and around his Connecticut home. I thought the film was terrific, and that Pacino hasn't been in such fine form in years. I pretty much agree with the review in Variety, which said: "Pacino, who seemed to have awakened from a long acting coma when he played Dr. Jack Kevorkian in Levinson’s 2010 HBO movie, “You Don’t Know Jack,” seems similarly rejuvenated here, in what’s easily his best bigscreen performance since Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia” in 2002."
Simon Axler may have lost his mojo, but Al Pacino most definitely has not.
[UPDATE: Click HERE to read John Lahr's September 15, 2014 profile "Caught in the Act - What drives Al Pacino?" in The New Yorker.]
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