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Re: MV Film
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0306.  Monday, 3 March 1997.

[1]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Sunday, 2 Mar 1997 10:58:33 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0304  Re: MV Film

[2]     From:   Troy Swartz <
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        Date:   Sunday, 2 Mar 1997 22:22:04 -0500
        Subj:   Merchant of Venice


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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Sunday, 2 Mar 1997 10:58:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0304  Re: MV Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0304  Re: MV Film

> I believe there is an unfinished film version done by Orson Welles, but
> I may be wrong.  If I am correct, I saw excerpts in a program of
> trailers and other clips from unfinished projects by Welles presented by
> the Seattle Film Festival.  This would have been around 5 years ago.
>
> Brooke Brod

Orson Welles completed filming on his version of Merchant of Venice,
wherein he would play Shylock, but while he was editing the film, the
middle three reels were stolen (it's discussed by Welles in _Cahiers du
Cinema_, no. 12 (1982):  47-48; there's also a detailed article on the
project in _Sight and Sound_ 55 (1986) by Rosenbaum).  Welles spent the
latter years of his life trying to complete such projects as this film,
his version of King Lear (released to video in a constructed form a year
or two back), and his adaptation of Don Quixote.  Although editors have
tried to recreate Welles' visions for Lear and Quixote, I don't think
enough footage is available to release a film from his Merchant film.
Perhaps someone will just make the existing footage available in some
incomplete form.

-Hugh Davis

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From:           Troy Swartz <
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Date:           Sunday, 2 Mar 1997 22:22:04 -0500
Subject:        Merchant of Venice

Fellow SHAKESPEReans:

I believe I've found a partial answer to my own question, which
concerned with an upcoming film version of 'Merchant of Venice'.  It
appears to me that the film is based upon an apparently modernized
version, which was performed at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL) in
November 1994 and directed by Peter Sellars.  I found the information in
a review of the aforesaid performance and a performance at the NY
Shakespeare Festival, directed by Barry Edelstein.  I come to the
conclusion that, yes, a film is being made because the reviewer, James
Norris Loehlin of Dartmouth College, makes the following statement:
"...it received national media coverage, went on to tour Europe, and is
being made into a film."  However, I have heard nothing other than this
reference about the film.  Now my major question is whether any of you
happen to know Mr. Sellars or anyone in the film industry and would
happen to have any idea of a possible release date, cast, etc.  If you'd
like to check out the review, it is in "Theatre Journal" and is a
free-access edition on Johns Hopkins University's *Project Muse*:

http://calliope.jhu.edu/demo/theatre_journal/48.1pr_shakespeare02.html

Again, thanks for any info.

Troy A. Swartz
 

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