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Marilee J. Layman

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11:13 pm: The Merchant of Venice
I actually watched this Saturday night and forgot to post about it yesterday. It's the 2004 version with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. I'd never seen it as a movie which was interesting and much more visually rich except during Shylock's Hath not a Jew eyes? speech, when the director twice pulled away to focus on two women showing breasts across a canal. Did he think the speech was too long and boring? That people might pay attention?

I've also never seen a production where there were words ahead of time explaining the anti-Semitic times and English subtitles.

Otherwise, it was the traditional play, with some excellent acting.

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