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      /THE MERCHANT OF VENICE/ (1980)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 157 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 17th December 1980
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A COMEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      “If you prick us do we not bleed?
      If you tickle us do we not laugh?
      If you poison us do we not die?
      And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

      Antonio’s best friend, Bassanio, is in love with Portia, a wise and wealthy heiress, and needs three thousand ducats to press his suit. With Antonio’s wealth tied up in ships at sea, he approaches Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, who agrees to lend the money under the provision that Antonio shall forfeit a pound of his flesh if the debt is unpaid. When Antonio’s ships become wrecked, Shylock, the maligned Jew, calls for the debt to be settled.

      The Merchant of Venice’ is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, celebrated for its captivating villain, Shylock. In a production full of contrasts and ambiguities, Warren Mitchell plays the moneylender with a finely balanced combination of wickedness and pathos – leaving the audience to decide whether he is a villain, a buffoon or a tragic hero?


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      "In sooth, I know not why I am so sad
      It wearies me, you say it worries you,
      But how I caught it. Found it, or came by it,
      What stuff ‘tis made of, whereof it is born,
      I am to learn;
      And such a want-wit sadness makes of me
      That I have much ado to know myself…."

      Warren Mitchell
      with
      Gemma Jones   John Franklyn-Robbins
      and
      John Nettle   Kenneth Cranham   Susan Jameson
      Leslee Udwin



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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In Credits Order

    • John Franklyn-Robbins ... Antonio

    • John Rhys-Davies ... Salerio
    • Alan David ... Solanio
    • John Nettles ... Bassanio
    • Richard Morant ... Lorenzo
    • Kenneth Cranham ... Gratiano
    • Gemma Jones ... Portia
    • Susan Jameson ... Nerissa
    • Daniel Mitchell ... Balthasar

    • Warren Mitchell ... Shylock

    • Marc Zuber ... Prince of Morocco
    • Enn Reitel ... Launcelot Gobbo
    • Joe Gladwin ... Old Gobbo
    • Roger Martin ... Leonardo
    • Leslee Udwin ... Jessica
    • Peter Gale ... The Prince of Arragon
    • Richard Austin ... Antonio's Servant
    • Arnold Diamond ... Tubal
    • Douglas Wilmer ... The Duke of Venice
    • Shaun Scott ... Stephano
    • Adrian Harman ... Musician

      • Director: Jack Gold
      • Produced: Jonathan Miller
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      William Shakespeare

      Hys
      Comical History of The
      MERCHANT
      of VENICE

      or
      Otherwise Called
      The Jew of Venice



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      ABOUT THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

      Written between the 1596 and 1598, The Merchant of Venice is both an early Shakespearean comedy and one of the Bard's problem plays; a work in which good triumphs over evil, yet the dramatic tension often remains unresolved and the world is not as put to rights as its heroes would hope. And it is such a tension that surrounds the legendary villain of The Merchant Of Venice, the Jewish money-lender Shylock, who seeks a literal pound of flesh from his Christian opposite, the generous, faithful Antonio after Antonio becomes unable to repay the 3000 ducats he borrowed from the exacting usurer to fund his friend Bassanio's marriage to Portia.

      After the money is lost in a battle at sea where Antonio's fleet is lost, Portia engages in an extraordinary, legal battle of wills with Shylock in an attempt to free Bassanio from his terrible forfeit.

      First entered in the Stationer’s Register on 22 July 1598 as ‘a book of The Merchant of Venice or otherwise called the Jew of Venice probably represents an attempt by Shakespeare’s Company to prevent unauthorised printing of a popular play: it eventually appeared in print as The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice in 1600 . . .




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