The Merchant of Venice
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Two notable ones :

1) Antonio, the merchant, is actually shown onscreen spitting at Shylock, the moneylender, at the very beginning, before the plot has even begun to develop. This serves to make him notably more unsympathetic than in the play, in which he treats Shylock more or less courteously until he is put on trial. 2) The relationship between Bassanio and Antonio is clearly homosexual, while in the play it is more ambiguous, even innocent. There is even a moment in the film (not in the play) in which Portia indicates by a look and the tone of her voice that she clearly understands that Bassanio and Antonio are former lovers.

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