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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

2 Ratings: 4.0
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Rarely hasThe Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, looked as ravishingly sumptuous as in this adaptation, directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino). In a decadent version of renaissance Venice, a young nobleman named Bassanio (Joseph … see full wiki

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2 reviews about William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
review by . March 23, 2006
After recently viewing an HBO presentation of director Michael Radford's "The Merchant of Venice." I found myself reflecting on whether or not in our politically correct, cultural-sensitive centric world, a play written during the Middle Ages when intolerance for those considered outside mainstream society constituted de rigueur behavior could be appreciated under the definition of the typical Shakespearean comedy rather than as an example of the narrow thinking of a darker age enacted.    Using …
review by . May 12, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Of all of the thankfully increasing number of adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare for the screen MERCHANT OF VENICE is surely the finest. MERCHANT is one of the more difficult of Shakespeare's play, the subject matter of Christians vs. Jews and the demands on the actors to create sympathetic characters from roles inherently unsympathetic, etc. But it has also some of the most eloquent writing with many extant usable quotes in Shakespeare's entire repertoire. For this viewer Michael Radford's …
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