Study Help Film Versions

Adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and other works have been featured in nearly 500 films and/or videos world-wide. That makes Shakespeare the most filmed playwright of all time! Here are the best, and most noteworthy, versions of The Merchant of Venice that can help you study and better understand the play.

The Merchant of Venice


Director: Michael Radford

Rating: R

A powerful and beautifully filmed period piece. The film features a magnificent performance by Al Pacino in the role of Shylock. Amazing cinematography, sets, overall design, and costumes, serve to transport the viewer to 16th-century Venice. Also stars Jeremy Irons and Joseph Finnes.

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