Prolific Persian : Barry Navidi, the Iranian-British Producer of Three Al Pacino Films

By Iman Sadri

DUBLIN, IRELAND – FEBRUARY 20: Producer Barry Navidi and Al Pacino attend the screening of ‘Wilde Salome’ as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) at Savoy on February 20, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phillip Massey/WireImage)

August 22, 2018

Barry Navidi may not be the first name that one would associate as a multi-film producer of Al Pacino movies, but it should be.

Navidi has produced Pacino films Salome and Wilde Salome co-starring Pacino and Jessica Chastain. He has also produced in The Merchant of Venice, starring Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons.

Barry Navidi with Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain at the Premiere of Wilde Salome (Image Credit AP)

Navidi came close to producing a film in the mid-1990s, starring Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp, no not Don Juan De Marco, but Divine Rapture. After financing fellow through he made an epic Hollywood comeback by working with Al Pacino on three films.

Barry Navidi with Al Pacino on the set of The Merchant of Venice (Image Credit AP)

Barry Navidi’s three films starring Al Pacino is a major feat, due to the artistic significance of the films in Pacino’s filmography, in the latter half of his career.

The film posters for Wilde Salome and Salome (Produced by Barry Navidi)

Navidi grew up in Iran watching The Sound of Music and dreamed of making films. After moving to England, where he attended film school, he made his way to Tinseltown and into the history books.

Navidi’s next film Modigliani is in Pre-Production.

Iman Sadri is the founder of @LASmileMagazine and @ThePersianObserver