2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1634  Monday, 18 August 2003

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 2003 00:13:31 -0700
Subject:        Al Pacino or Patrick Stewart as Shylock? Maybe Both

The Telegraph over the weekend had a lengthy article about the rivalry
between two Hollywood productions of Merchant of Venice:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/08/17/wshakes17.xml
(or http://tinyurl.com/kbz4)

"Stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Joseph Fiennes and
Al Pacino are caught up in the race, which began when it was discovered
that two film adaptations were under way simultaneously. The producers
are convinced that the scenes of unrequited love and racial tension in
the play, which was written in 1596, will make a film version enormously
popular.  "Insiders admit, however, that it will be difficult, if not
impossible, to attract big audiences for two films screened close
together [in December 2004] and fear that the second to appear will
struggle even to recover its costs..."

Al Magary

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