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The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Venice, 1596. Melancholy Antonio loves the youthful Bassanio, so when Bassanio asks for 3000 ducats, Antonio says yes before knowing it's to sue for the hand of Portia. His capital tied up in merchant ships at sea, Antonio must go to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender he reviles. Shylock wraps his grudge in kindness, offering a three-month loan at no interest, but if not repaid, Antonio will owe a pound of flesh. The Jew's daughter elopes with a Christian, whetting Shylock's hatred. While Bassanio's away wooing Portia, Antonio's ships founder, and Shylock demands his pound of flesh. With court assembled and a judgment due, Portia swings into action to save Bassanio's friend.
Year: 2004
Country: UK, Luxembourg, Italy
Directed by : Michael Radford
Written by : Michael Radford
Cast: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris Marshall, Mackenzie Crook
Literary source: William Shakespeare "The Merchant of Venice"