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While Violet didn’t get her drink with the man, Pacino, who was at the Castro for a sold-out screening of his film Wilde Salome, reportedly made quite a splash on the Castro’s red carpet.

As shot by photographer Bill Wilson, Pacino sported a (stylishly?) messy coif and those aviator-style Ray-Bans that are either always or never in fashion, depending on your point of view.

And how was the movie? I asked one attendee. “No comment,” was the response.

Photo of Pacino at the Castro Wednesday night: Bill Wilson

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Richmondsfblog

    The event was fun – nothing like having a Hollywood icon in SF! He told a nice story about performing at the Curran in his younger days, at the time when Scarface came out. He said when he didn’t get the Oscar nod for the film, the people of SF gave him an honorary Oscar which he still has on his mantle. Someone from the mayor’s office also gave him a framed certificate proclaiming March 21, 2012 as “Wilde Salome” day in San Francisco.

    “Wilde Salome” was interesting – I learned a lot about Oscar Wilde and given the Cult of Beauty show at the Legion of Honor, it was a nice tie-in. Jessica Chastain does a good job as Salome in the film. I’d give the film a B overall, one bonus is Pacino’s sense of humor really shines through. Quick-witted!

  • Richmondsfblog

    The event was fun – nothing like having a Hollywood icon in SF! He told a nice story about performing at the Curran in his younger days, at the time when Scarface came out. He said when he didn’t get the Oscar nod for the film, the people of SF gave him an honorary Oscar which he still has on his mantle. Someone from the mayor’s office also gave him a framed certificate proclaiming March 21, 2012 as “Wilde Salome” day in San Francisco.

    “Wilde Salome” was interesting – I learned a lot about Oscar Wilde and given the Cult of Beauty show at the Legion of Honor, it was a nice tie-in. Jessica Chastain does a good job as Salome in the film. I’d give the film a B overall, one bonus is Pacino’s sense of humor really shines through. Quick-witted!