The Merchant of Venice

Directed by
Michael Radford

138 mins

December 13th 2005




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Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons in a superb rendering of Shakespeare's classic.

"Michael Radford's fresh, lucid and unpretentious screen revival is raised above the commonplace by a brilliant performance from Al Pacino as Shylock...Pacino gives an object lesson on speaking the verse, matching and often outclassing our native Brits. ... It is refreshing and rare for a movie to show ideas being contested, assumptions questioned and liberal sensibilities twisted to breaking point."

Reviewed by Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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