Seen at the Movies: Given its troubling treatment of anti-Semitism and its precarious balancing of light and dark moods, The Merchant of Venice is obviously one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays to present. But Michael Radford’s film version (officially titled William Shakespare’s The Merchant of Venice), which stars Al Pacino as Jewish moneylender Shylock and Jeremy Irons as the title character, borrower on behalf of his friend—lover?—Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes), is first-rate, setting ...
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