The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Director: Michael Radford Cast: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes
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The Merchant of Venice

One of William Shakespeare's most powerful comedies has been given a bold cinematic adaptation in this film version of The Merchant of Venice. Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) is a young and vital member of the aristocratic classes in 16th century Italy; however, Bassanio's impulsive nature and lavish lifestyle have put him deeply in debt, and he will need at least the pretense of a fortune if he is to win the hand of the beautiful Portia (Lynn Collins). Bassanio turns to his close friend Antonio (Jeremy Irons), a successful businessman, for financial help, but with much of his fortune tied up in a sailing expedition, Antonio can do little to help him. To help Bassanio, Antonio turns to Shylock (Al Pacino), a Jewish money lender who lives in Venice's Semetic ghetto. Antonio has often expressed his contempt for Shylock, who charges high rates for his loans, and Shylock clearly seems pleased at the ironic prospect of having Antonio as a customer; however, instead of interest, Shylock demands an unusual security on his loan -- though Shylock demands no interest, if Antonio does not repay the three thousand ducats in three months, Shylock will be entitled to a pound of his flesh. This version of The Merchant of Venice was directed by Michael Radford, best known for the international hit Il Postino, and was shot on locations in Venice and Luxembourg.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
UPC: 0043396109100
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:11:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Michael Radford & Lynn Collins; Behind-the-scenes making-of featurette; Web link to Teacher's Guide (for classroom only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Shylock
Jeremy Irons Antonio
Joseph Fiennes Bassanio
Lynn Collins Portia
Zuleikha Robinson Jessica
Kris Marshall Gratiano
Charlie Cox Lorenzo
Heather Goldenhersh Nerissa
Mackenzie Crook Actor
John Sessions Actor
Gregor Fisher Actor
Ron Cook Actor
Alan Corduner Tubal
Anton Rodgers Actor
David Harewood Actor
Antonio Gil-Martinez Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Radford Director,Screenwriter
Cary Brokaw Producer
Anni Buchanan Makeup
Michael Cowan Producer
Michael Lionella Cowan Producer
Paul Davies Sound/Sound Designer
Jimmy De Brabant Co-producer
Benoit Delhomme Cinematographer
John Dodds Asst. Director
Edwige Fenech Co-producer
Nigel Goldsack Co-producer
Gary Hamilton Executive Producer
Michael Hammer Executive Producer
Sharon Howard-Field Casting
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Alex Marshall Executive Producer
Luciano Martino Co-producer
Barry Navidi Producer
Peter James Executive Producer
Jason Piette Producer
Jocelyn Pook Score Composer
Chris Rose Asst. Director
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
James Simpson Executive Producer
Clive Waldron Associate Producer
Manfred Wilde Executive Producer
Lucia Zucchetti Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:56]
2. Antonio & Bassanio [5:16]
3. Portia [4:24]
4. Shylock [3:47]
5. The Bond [6:55]
6. An Infection to Serve [4:48]
7. Before the Feast [5:37]
8. The Caskets [3:32]
9. A Passion So Confused [6:07]
10. The Fool's Head [4:31]
11. ."..Shall We Not Revenge?" [4:13]
12. Loss Upon Loss [4:15]
13. An Ambassador of Love [7:33]
14. Two Proposals [6:26]
15. A Gaping Wound [5:11]
16. A Cur Rages [2:15]
17. A Question of Law [3:20]
18. The Trial [4:33]
19. Dearly Bought [3:19]
20. Mercy [4:42]
21. Judgment [3:05]
22. A Pound of Flesh [3:34]
23. No Drop of Blood [2:24]
24. "I Am Contented." [4:32]
25. Tokens [3:40]
26. Rings... [5:51]
27. ...And Revelations [4:08]
28. Epilogue [8:09]

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The Merchant of Venice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I have always been a little timid about watching or reading The Merchant of Venice because of what I have been told about its "anti-semitic" overtones. I figured it would be nothing short of "Jew" bashing and being Jewish I was not in such a hurry to acquaint myself with this play. What a pleasant surprise! Shakespeare does what he does so well - giving us insight into human nature and its flaws. Shylock and Antonio, as played by Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, respectively, are seriously flawed,multi-dimensional human beings with whom one ends up sympathizing. The feelings and emotions Al Pacino gives to his character, Shylock, is nothing short of amazing. One ends up empathizing and sympathizing with Shylock's pain. The rest of the cast were a delight to watch also. I highly recommend this flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Merchant of Venice was presented as a period piece true to Venice and the bustling Renaissance. Costumes, lighting, and scenery helped to make the speeches believable. Al Pacino was great as Shylock. I especially enjoyed Pacino as Shylock.
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