Toronto Film Fest Mini review -Merchant of Venice

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joined:5/16/03
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5/16/03
I am going to try to post some mini reviews of films I saw that might interest the board.
Merchant of Venice - when this was announced w Pacino as Shylock I was sceptical. I freely admit that this is a very interesting portrayal of a character that makes many people uncomfortable.Pacino gives a warts & all performance but he is not a caricature. It is much more about what happens when too religions & cultures fail to respect each other the personal & cultural destruction it involves. There are some nice performances from Jeremy Irons as Antonio w an interesting "love" triangle including Basanio & Portia & Antonio. though NOT neccessarily a "gay" love triangle.
Shot in Venice & Luxemburg ( where there is a Venice standing set!) I an McKellen is also in the film but this is one of his lesser works. The young woman who plays Portia is really quite good handles the poetry well & is a new face to film as well. portends well for her career! I'd recommend it as a flawed but very valid work.
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