The Merchant of Venice (2004) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (1097 words)

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Directed by Michael Radford. Starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes and Lynn Collins. English. Color. 131 minutes.

Despite the little interest that Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1596) received during the seventeenth century, it has been the subject of great interest in later eras, as the topics of nation, modern law, immigration and minority rights became increasingly important. The play has certainly been the subject of a great deal of interest during the twentieth century, surrounding the topics of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Jewish nationality. While the cinematic history of the play includes …

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Abend-David, Dror. "The Merchant of Venice (2004) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 February 2016
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