The Merchant Of Venice

The Merchant Of Venice

The Merchant Of Venice

First seeing the light of day elsewhere in 2004 but insanely overlooked here in NZ at the time, this faithful rendering of Shakespeare’s 16th Century Venetian drama about a bit of money-lending gone gruesomely sour is finally getting a theatrical release. Features a cast of such luminaries as Al Pacino (playing Shylock), Jeremy Irons (as Antonio) and Joseph Fiennes (Bassiano. Director Michael Radford is best known for being Oscar nominated in 1994 for Il Postino.

2004Rating: PG, contains sexual references 138 minsUSA, Italy, Luxembourg, UK
Drama
50%
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Reviews & comments

Awesome film

5.0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Director/screenwriter Michael Radford and Pacino humanised Shylock, investing the often two-dimensional "villain" of the story with more emotional depth than his character's used to.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Distinguished, handsome and satisfying account of a vexed play.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A strong cast swirls around Pacino, though it's really his show. The costumes are stunning, the locations beautifully photographed. Radford has created a lush 16th century Venice.

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Director/screenwriter Michael Radford and Pacino humanised Shylock, investing the often two-dimensional "villain" of the story with more emotional depth than his character's used to.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Distinguished, handsome and satisfying account of a vexed play.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A strong cast swirls around Pacino, though it's really his show. The costumes are stunning, the locations beautifully photographed. Radford has created a lush 16th century Venice.

Awesome film

5.0