Shakespeares Merchant

Shakespeare's Merchant

By WildVision Productions

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The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare's most controversial play, is turned gay in this dark retelling that's been moved to Venice (California). The images of anti-Semitism on display here are very disturbing, but the conceit of making the lead characters gay adds brilliant texture.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. OMG! We love Venice Beach!
  2. Don't worry, though, they haven't changed the "pound of flesh" to a "pound of bogus weed prescriptions."
  3. On a serious note, Wagar's turning of the characters gay works so well, one wonders if that's how Shakespeare intended it in the first place.

Information

  • Director: Paul Wagner
  • Writer: Paul Wagner
  • Length: 1 hrs. 20 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Sep 16 2015
  • Added: Sep 14 2015
  • Production Year: 2005
  • TLA SKU: 1754594
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 807839004991
  • Catalog #: DV3146632

Reviews

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3 Reviews for Shakespeare's Merchant

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Review by Scott Cranin

By: Scott Cranin
In-House Review - Oct 18 2010
In Paul Wagar's Shakespeare's Merchant, a fast-paced modern re-telling of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice," a Jewish woman isd in broad daylight while people watch gleefully and a young man in a yarmulke is beaten senseless on the beach. In th... Read More
3.00 out of 5

Review by Marty

By: Marty
The anti-Semitism unsettling enough. (Jewish dog this. Jewish dog that. Don't wanna die? Convert to Christianity!) But the attempt to throw in a gay twist falls flat. Offering your life and fortune so that your boyfriend can run off and marry a... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
"Shakespeare's Merchant"
"Doth a Jew Not Bleed?" (or something like that)
Amos Lassen
Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" is one of the Bard's most controversial plays as it deals with anti-Semitism, something that we know exists bu... Read More

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