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Genres: Drama , Romance
Actors: Heather Goldenhersh , Charlie Cox , Kris Marshall , Zuleikha Robinson , Lynn Collins , Joseph Fiennes , Jeremy Irons , Al Pacino , Mackenzie Crook , John Sessions , Gregor Fisher , Ron Cook , Allan Corduner , Anton Rodgers , David Harewood
Director: Michael Radford
Country: United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Italy, United States
Year: 2004
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 (22102 votes)

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 swings into action to save Bassanio’s friend. Written by In the Sixteenth Century, there was a great intolerance against Jews. In 1596, in the liberal Venice, Bassanio asks for a large amount to his friend, the merchant Antonio, to travel to Belmont and propose the gorgeous Portia. Antonio has invested all his money in his ships and borrows from the usurer Shylock, who proposes an unusual bond: if Antonio does not pay the money without any interest three months later, he might receive one pound of his flesh instead, at his choice. When Shylock’s daughter Jessica runs away home with all his money and jewels, he becomes furious. Meanwhile, the load of Antonio sinks with three different vessels and he is not able to pay his debts with Shylock, and the Jew goes to court of Venice claiming the execution of his deal. In spite of many requests, his tough heart does not accept any other agreement further than the one established in their contract.

Film Review

The Merchant of Venice is a romantic film based on William Shakespeare's play of the same title. It is the first full-length sound film version in English of Shakespeare's play.It stars Al Pacino,Jeremy Irons,Joseph Fiennes and Lynn Collins.It was written and directed by Michael Radford.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 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. Bassanio turns to his close friend Antonio, 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, a Jewish money lender who lives in Venic…

The text at the beginning of this film, which roots the movie in history, did little to excuse the behaviour of "the Jew" throughout it, and the film would have been improved had it been left as ahistorical as Shakespeare wrote it. It was never grounded in a particular era, except insofar as it owes its origin to one, and the attempt to anchor it in time only served to make me think that the behaviour of its protagonists was meant to be believable. This was problematic, not only by virtue of the stupidity of the gentiles in the film, but by virtue of the cupidity of its leading villain.Pacino's accent was awful and his servile bearing made me cringe. The acting of the two leading ladies was wooden, and only a handful of actors shone through in this picture. Both Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons were, it must be said, superb. What a shame they acted in a movie as distasteful as this one.It is a weak mind that judges noble a piece of text by virtue of its antiquity alone. …

Al Pacino is a great actor. It is a truism. But in this adaptation he is the central piece of a sophisticated jewel. His Shylock is an expected role and this thing is powerful in film. Every nuance and every gestures, form of every word is grinding of Shakespeare's character. The work is not solitary but after the end the taste is of honey's interpretation of Pacino. Demonstration of great art, Shylock is diagnosis of our world, with its rules and freedom's slices, political correctness and lakes of hypocrisy. Shylock is real in the hands of Al Pacino; and this fact is essential. For understand the reality as flash of fiction, for see the art as definition of truth as way to be.