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Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2115  Wednesday, 15 December 2004

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Dec 2004 10:04:32 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

[2]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Dec 2004 19:21:26 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Dec 2004 10:04:32 -0500
Subject: 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

The NY Times has the release date as December 31.

I saw the trailer in the movie theater the other day.  At least the
trailer was good.

R

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Dec 2004 19:21:26 -0500
Subject: 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2106 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

Has Pacino finally transcended his classical deficiencies?  Judging from
the trailer, I doubt it; but in any case one mustn't get excited by
advance raves from the United Kingdom.  When it comes to Shakespearean
acting, the British have a way of confusing American cluelessness with
American exceptionalism.  Bored by a steady diet of home-grown
proficiency, they become enraptured by the novelty of sheer
incompetence.  This leads them into error, like the proverbial art
critic who mistakes a toddler's fingerpainting for a masterpiece.

--Charles Weinstein

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