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Al Pacino to receive a special award at this year's Venice Film Festival

AlJust a day after his Tony nomination for lead actor in a play for "The Merchant of Venice," Al Pacino was named this year's recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

The prize is given to a filmmaker who has left "an original mark" on contemporary cinema. Previous winners include Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami.

Over the past four decades, Pacino, 71, has starred in such classics as "The Godfather" trilogy, 1973's  "Serpico" and  1975's "Dog Day Afternoon." He won a lead actor Oscar for 1992's "Scent of a Woman," Emmy awards for 2003's "Angels in America" and  2010's "You Don't Know Jack" and is a two-time Tony Award winner.

Pacino is also a filmmaker, earning a Directors Guild of America Award for his 1996 feature documentary, "Looking for Richard."  His latest directorial effort, the feature documentary "Wilde Salome," will premiere at the festival.

Pacino will receive his honor at the awards ceremony on Sept. 4.

-- Susan King

Photo: Al Pacino. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Golden Globes: Al Pacino won't talk right-to-die ... much

Pacino Looking rumpled and slightly wizened but pleased, Al Pacino fielded questions in the press room after his win for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack."

He gingerly sidestepped a question about his thoughts on right-to-die issues by saying, "I am going to stay away from that controversy. It's not my policy to speak about that. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be unbelievably dull."

Later, when a similar question was rephrased as, "In your opinion, is Jack the good guy or the bad one?" Pacino opened up a bit and revealed his true feelings.

"Jack, in a strange way, represents a kind of hope and that gives [patients] enough control over their lives. 'I can do it. I don't have to go through this. I can go out with dignity,'" he said.

The mood in the room was lighter when he was asked which movie in his career he would redo if given the chance.

"I can't possibly give away that many movies. I guess for most of the movies, I would say maybe not redo them. Maybe never have done them."


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-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Al Pacino in the press room at the Golden Globes. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times


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