The Merchant of Venice


2h 7m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Set in 16th century Venice, Bassanio is the typical Elizabethan lover and aristocrat--young, impulsive, romantic--whose lavish lifestyle has left him deep in debt and desperately in love with the fair Portia of Belmont. But to win her hand, he must prove his worth. To prove his worth, he must not on

Film Details

Also Known As
Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, marchand de Venise, mercader de Venecia, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Maurizio Peggiorini; Pierre Bianchi
Location
Venice, Italy; Luxembourg

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Synopsis

Set in 16th century Venice, Bassanio is the typical Elizabethan lover and aristocrat--young, impulsive, romantic--whose lavish lifestyle has left him deep in debt and desperately in love with the fair Portia of Belmont. But to win her hand, he must prove his worth. To prove his worth, he must not only raise money he doesn't have, but he must also correctly solve the riddle of matrimony bequeathed by Portia's late father. Determined to call Portia his bride, Bassanio employs the support of his dear friend Antonio, a successful merchant residing in Venice. But Antonio is short of resources and must use his credit for a loan. This loan comes in the form of Shylock, a Jewish loan shark who, like all his people, is forced to live in "getos" and has limited access to the city. Antonio has publicly denounced Shylock and other Jews for their practice of usury, and consistently hurts their business by offering loans with no interest. This set of circumstances, along with the persecution of Jews at the time, has made Shylock spiteful towards Antonio, who jumps at the chance to have the merchant in his debt. However, this time Shylock decides to offer his loan at no interest; instead, he demands a pound of flesh from Antonio if his loan is not repaid on time. Confident that Bassanio will return his good fortune three times over, Antonio agrees to the unusual terms. As Bassanio travels to Belmont with Gratiano to woo his beloved, other events threaten to ruin his quest before it is fulfilled. Portia, in the company of her lady-in-waiting Nerissa, has already been welcoming potential suitors, who at any time could solve the mystery of her father's will which states that she must marry the man who correctly chooses one of three caskets. Then Antonio's trade ships fail to produce any profit for the merchant. Meanwhile, Shylock's daughter Jessica impulsively elopes with Bassanio's friend Lorenzo; in the process, she escapes with a fair amount of her father's personal wealth. This shatters Shylock to the core and causes him to focus all his energy on the repayment of the debt, almost taking out a lifetime of discrimination on the merchant. Upon hearing of his friend's situation, Bassanio leaves Belmont and rushes home to find a solution to Antonio's predicament. But before Bassanio can arrive home, the loan is declared in default and the distraught and semi-deranged Shylock demands his pound of flesh from Antonio in order to fully seek his revenge. The Duke, the reigning power in the city, has called a legal expert to the court to proceed over these extraordinary hearings.

Crew

Giuseppe Abatangelo

Driver

Daniele Abate

Driver

Jean-marc Acampo

Painter

Miles Adgate

Art Department

Fabrizio Aghilar

Assistant Director

Pani Ahmadi-moore

Assistant Editor

Pani Ahmadi-moore

Visual Effects Editor

Adam Aitken

Plasterer

Alex Aitken

Plasterer

Eduardo Aladro

Stand-In

Tim Alban

Dubbing Mixer

Tim Alban

Foley

Marco Alzetta

Grip

Nadia Amari

Accountant

Cressida Andermatt

Costumes

Dylan Asbury

Driver

Luca Fortunato Asquini

Transportation Coordinator

Alessandra Asta

Production

Laurence Aston

Music

Daria Avenia

Accounting Assistant

Daniel Bacciu

Props

Werner Bacciu

Key Grip

Myriam Baerts

Set Costumer

Andreas Bajohra

Producer

Tommaso Baratto

Dolly Grip

Abigail Barbier

Adr Voice Casting

Fabrice Barbus

Plasterer

Nicholas Barringer

Plasterer

Mikael Bartsch

Carpenter

Thomas Bartsch

Carpenter

Frida Basso

Wardrobe

Antonia Bates

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Denver M. Beattie

Assistant

Xavier Beauquel

Plasterer

Benoît Bechet

Production Designer

Ronald Bede

Construction

Christian Belardi

Driver

Michele Belardi

Painter

Nicky Bell

Assistant

Marco Benatelli

Carpenter

Andy Bennett

Stunt Man

Thomas Bernardy

Carpenter

Massimo Bertazzoni

Carpenter

Matteo Bertelli

Painter

Flavio Bettin

Coordinator

Enrico Bettinello

Production

Michelle Bevilacqua

Costumes

Pierre Bianchi

Cable Operator

Alex Bidorini

Grip

Alex Biek

Props

Klaus Bienen

Carpenter

Stephanie Blondel

Painter

Corinna Bonicelli

Technical Advisor

Maurice Borghesi

Set Decorator

Celine Bourgeois

Finance Manager

Nigel Boyd

Costumes

Fabio Bozzetti

Production

Chris Bradshaw

Costumes

Anna Brangaitis

Hair

Anna Brangaitis

Makeup Artist

Steve Braun

Photography

Marco Broeders

Carpenter

Cary Brokaw

Producer

Harvey Brough

Music Producer

Harvey Brough

Music Arranger

Alexandre Brown

Location Assistant

Ann Buchanan

Hair

Ann Buchanan

Makeup Designer

Jacopo Bullo

Production

Jon Bunker

Art Director

Stefano Buosi

Electrician

Furio Buranella

Driver

Furio Buranella

Costumes

Geoff Burden

Electrician

Sonny Burdis

Best Boy

Robbert Van Buuren

Carpenter

Catherine Buyse

Costume Supervisor

Amilcar Dematos Cadete

Plasterer

Erminio Callegari

Grip

Stephen Calloway

Technical Advisor

Mario Capezzali

Carpenter

Alex Carey

Art Department

Jean-charles Cavasso

Location Assistant

Paolo Centoni

Electrician

Fabrizio Cerato

Location Manager

Deborah Cesana

Production

Emilie Cherpitel

Assistant Director

Jago Cherubini

Driver

Andrea Chiozzotto

Assistant Editor

Jamie Churchouse

Plasterer

Steven Clark

Painter

Helene Coker

Video Assist/Playback

Dave Coldham

Plasterer

Erasmo Colucci

Production Accountant

Andrea Conchetto

Rigging Electrician

Nuala Conway

Hair

Nuala Conway

Makeup Artist

Veronica Coppola

Coordinator

Davide Cordara

Carpenter

Alain Couty

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Lionello Cowan

Producer

Ben Crawley

Song Performer

Xavier Cremonese

Location Assistant

Lou Crisa

Assistant

Lou Crisa

Security

Neil Culley

Digital Effects Artist

Tracey Curtis

Props

Paolo Cusin

Props Buyer

Pacheo Rui Manuel Da Costa

Construction

Joao Antonio Delgado Da Cruz

Construction

Nuno Miguel Rebelo Da Cruz

Painter

Tommaso Dabala

Unit Manager

Stefano Dalla Lana

Location Assistant

Richard Davey

Dubbing Mixer

Paul Davis

Supervising Sound Editor

Roger Dawson

Carpenter

Jimmy De Brabant

Coproducer

Hanoi De La Paz

Electrician

Maria De Paoli

Production

Johannes Jeroen De Wildt

Carpenter

Gilbert Degrand

Electrician

Gillie Delap

Set Decorator

Lionel Delcroix

Driver

Benoît Delhomme

Camera Operator

Benoît Delhomme

Director Of Photography

Warren Demer

Accounting Assistant

Manuel Demoulling

Assistant Set Decorator

Jan Van Den Bussche

Carpenter

Dave Van Den Hemel

Carpenter

Glyn Dillon

Storyboard Artist

John Dodds

Assistant Director

Maryline Dodeigne

Painter

Valerie Dodeigne

Painter

Fabien Domange

Carpenter

Domingo Walter Donato

Carpenter

Federico Donato

Carpenter

Ron Downing

Property Master

Kevin Dresse

Electrician

Antoine Ducep

Electrician

Bertrand Dufour

Props

John Dunton-downer

Visual Effects

Martin Dykstra

Carpenter

Laura Ergis

Costume Supervisor

Guillaume De Esteban

Camera Trainee

Guillaume De Esteban

Loader

Danny Evans

Props

Trevor Eve

Painter

Peter Facchetti

Video Assist/Playback

Roberta Facchettin

Accounting Assistant

Sean Farrow

Visual Effects Supervisor

Ian Faulds

Plasterer

Edwige Fenech

Coproducer

Bernard Ferrandis

Carpenter

Thomas Ferrandis

Carpenter

Marco Ferri

Carpenter

Regis Filipetti

Plasterer

John Fisher

Carpenter

John Flock

Finance Manager

Filippo Florian

Production

Daniela Foa

Production

Maarten De Fockert

Carpenter

Martyn Fowler

Plasterer

Fabio Francini

Grip

Bernardo Galli

Accounting Assistant

Ruggero Gamba

Props Buyer

Alfonso Gammarota

Driver

Andrew Garnet-lawson

Scenic Artist

Judy Geletko

Production Supervisor

Marteen Van Gent

Carpenter

Italo Gerardi

Assistant

Adrian Getley

Props

Sergio Giacomin

Rigging Electrician

Laurent Giancani

Plasterer

Cristiano Giavedoni

Gaffer

David Gibbons

Digital Effects Artist

Perry Gibbs

Colorist

Alec Gibson

Color Timer

Jack Gillies

Assistant Sound Editor

Massimo Giovannetti

Driver

Stephane Girten

Production

Pasquale Gizzi

Sculptor

Nigel Goldsack

Coproducer

Nicola Gomero

Production

Nuno Goncalves

Props

Alain Goniva

Boom Operator

Geoff Goodman

Assistant

Matteo Gottardis

Assistant

Paul Grange

Plasterer

Giovanni Gregoletto

Medic

Linda Gregory

Production Accountant

Steve Griffin

Stunt Coordinator

Patrick Guerbette

Construction

Eleonore Gufflet

Casting Assistant

Gary Hamilton

Co-Executive Producer

Michael Hammer

Executive Producer

Martin Hammerton

Construction

Mick Harper

Digital Effects Artist

Mark Harrison

Location Assistant

Toby Hawkes

Props

Michael Hayes

Electrician

Film Details

Also Known As
Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, marchand de Venise, mercader de Venecia, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Maurizio Peggiorini; Pierre Bianchi
Location
Venice, Italy; Luxembourg

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 29, 2004

Released in United States on Video May 10, 2005

Released in United States September 2004

Released in United States November 2004

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (out of competition) September 1-11, 2004.

Cate Blanchett was previously attached to star.

Ian McKellen was previously attached to star.

Released in United States Winter December 29, 2004

Released in United States on Video May 10, 2005

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (out of competition) September 1-11, 2004.)

Released in United States November 2004 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Gala) November 4-14, 2004.)