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The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare\'s The Merchant of Venice) (2004)

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Al Pacino Al Pacino
Shylock
Jeremy Irons Jeremy Irons
Antonio
Joseph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes
Bassanio
Lynn Collins Lynn Collins
Portia
Kris Marshall Kris Marshall
Gratiano
Charlie Cox Charlie Cox
Lorenzo


Written by
Michael Radford Michael Radford
(screenplay)


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12 years, 11 months ago at Mar 23 23:31
It's a great story, with powerful characters, good dialogues, strong scenes. Blood and violence: Shakespeare confirms to be more "pulp" than modern pulp. But a great story is not enough, you have to be good at telling, and the story is too slow to do justice to the words, because getting bored takes away your attention. Some scenes are visually beautiful, but that's all. What really remains is Al ... read more

A good movie

12 years ago at Feb 8 10:25
Even though Al Pacino is mostly famous for playing gangsters and such characters, he is actually a great fan of Shakespeare and it clearly shows here. I mean, you have a rather interesting cast (Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins), some decent directing by Michael Radford, some gorgeous sets and costums but, obviously, the main attraction here is the terrific performance by Al Pacino. He g... read more
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Description: Venice, 1596. Melancholy Antonio loves the youthful Bassanio, so when Bassanio asks for 3000 ducats, Antonio says yes before knowing it's to sue for the hand of Portia. His capital tied up in merchant ships at sea, Antonio must go to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender he reviles. Shylock wraps his grudge in kindness, offering a three-month loan at no interest, but if not repaid, Antonio will owe a pound of flesh. The Jew's daughter elopes with a Christian, whetting Shylock's hatred. While Bassanio's away wooing Portia, Antonio's ships founder, and Shylock demands his pound of flesh. With court assembled and a judgment due, Portia swi ... (more)
Release date: 3 December 2004
UPC: 043396109100
Tags: Drama (16), Shakespeare (15), 2004 (8), Revenge (8), 2000s (5), Italy (5), Based On Play (4), Doll (3), William Shakespeare (3), Adaptation (3), Venice Italy (3), Courtroom (3), (3), Kiss (2), Homoeroticism (2), Anti Semitism (2), Racial Prejudice (2), Skull (2), Gay Kiss (2)
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