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The Merchant of Venice Details

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 29, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sammy Sheldon Best Costume Design 2004 Nominee

Crew

Michael Radford
Director
Jason Piette
Producer
Michael Lionello Cowan
Producer
Cary Brokaw
Producer
Barry Navidi
Producer
Michael Radford
Screenwriter
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Benoit Delhomme
Cinematographer
Jocelyn Pook
Composer (Music Score)
Lucia Zucchetti
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Jon Bunker
Supervising Art Director
Nigel Goldsack
Co-producer
Edwige Fenech
Co-producer
Jimmy De Brabant
Co-producer
Luciano Martino
Co-producer
Clive Waldron
Associate Producer
Manfred Wilde
Executive Producer
Michael Hammer
Executive Producer
James Simpson
Executive Producer
Gary Hamilton
Executive Producer
Sammy Sheldon
Costume Designer
Brian Simmons
Sound/Sound Designer
Sharon Howard-Field
Casting
Julia Verdin
Co-Executive Producer
Pete Maggi
Co-Executive Producer
Gary Hamilton
Co-Executive Producer
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