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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

A Feature film by Pierre Billon

Produced by Elysée Film

Release in France : 25/09/1953

    Synopsis

    The central role of the usurious Shylock is played by Michel Simon, who manages to convey both the menace and the pathos of the character without lapsing into a broad Jewish stereotype. Portia, the heroine who disguises herself as a male attorney to save her beloved from Shylock's wrath, is well played by Andree Debar. The Shylock and Portia scenes are left intact: most of the cutting and rewriting takes place during the rather less-interesting romantic subplot. One of the pluses of La Marchand de Venice is that it was shot on location in the titular Italian city.

    Source : allmovie.com
     

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Elysée Film

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celia Films

    Foreign production company :

    Venturini

    French distribution :

    Discifilm

    Full credits (9)

    Assistant Director :

    Giorgio Capitani

    Author of original work :

    William Shakespeare

    Screenwriters :

    Pierre Billon, Louis Ducreux, Frederico Zardi

    Director of Photography :

    Arturo Gallea

    Music Composer :

    Gianni Fusco

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Pierre Billon, Louis Ducreux, Frederico Zardi

    Producer :

    Eugène Tucherer

    Foreign Producer :

    Giorgio Venturini

    Sound Recordist :

    René-Christian Forget

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Literary adaptation

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    50% French (Italy, France)

    Production year :

    1953

    French release :

    25/09/1953

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    12571

    Visa issue date :

    31/07/1953

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono