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The Merchant of Venice (1969)

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director:

Orson Welles
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Credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Shylock
Charles Gray ... Antonio
Irina Maleeva ... Jessica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorian Bond Dorian Bond
Mauro Bonnani Mauro Bonnani
Bill Cronshaw Bill Cronshaw
Oja Kodar
Jonathan Lynn ... Tubal
Nina Palinkas Nina Palinkas
Alessandro Tasca Alessandro Tasca
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A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange will: only the man that picks the correct casket out of three (silver, gold, and lead) can marry her. Bassanio, unfortunately, is strapped for cash with which to go wooing, and Antonio wants to help, so Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, the money-lender. But Shylock has been nursing a grudge against Antonio's insults, and makes unusual terms to the loan. And when Antonio's business fails, those terms threaten his life, and it's up to Bassanio and Portia to save him.

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When film of the Shylock monologue was lost, Welles rerecorded it years later in the Arizona desert wearing a modern-day trench coat. See more »

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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Country:

USA | West Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 2005 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Merchant of Venice See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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