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Film class: The Merchant of Venice

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Taught by Library Director Howard Freedman. Film shown in video projection.

The Merchant of Venice is among the most controversial plays written by Shakespeare (who probably never met a Jew) because of the problematic figure of Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, whose chosen collateral for making a loan to young Christian merchant Antonio is a pound of flesh. We will watch and discuss Michael Radford’s adaptation, filmed in Venice and featuring Al Pacino as Shylock. 2004, 138 minutes, in English.