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The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 romantic drama film based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead. This 2004 movie version includes a legendary list of actors, including Al Pacino as Shylock, Jeremy Irons as Antonio, and Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio.

The 2004 adaptation follows the text very closely, only missing occasional lines. The director, Michael Radford, believed that Shylock was Shakespeare's first tragic hero, who reaches a catastrophe due to his own flaws - thus the film does not show Shylock purely as a villain, but partly also as a victim. It begins with text and a montage of how the Jewish community is abused by the Christian population of Venice. One of the last shots of the film also brings attention to the fact that, as a convert, Shylock would have been cast out of the Jewish community in Venice, no longer allowed to live in the ghetto.

The film is a co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Luxembourg.

Runtime: 00:30:10
Size: 117.1MB
Added: 18th March 2012
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Category: movies
Tags: merchant venice theatrical theatre movie trailer powerful adaptation shakespeare classic play al pacino shylock joseph fiennes jeremy irons actors





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