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Al Pacino in "Merchant of Venice"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0228  Thursday, 3 February 2005

From:           Harvey Roy Greenberg 
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Feb 2005 15:24:56 EST
Subject: 16.0217 Al Pacino in "Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0217 Al Pacino in "Merchant of Venice"

Quite an artful reading by Professor Amit, but the play has suffered in
this century by twisting Shylock into a 'good' character. He is indeed
fully fleshed because that is what Shakespeare does with his most
interesting character, but in no way does this mean that Shakespeare is
offering the kind of complex apologia to the Jews this reader reads. I
saw a production at the Globe about ten years back in which Shylock was
detestably presented as a Sturmer archetype, and yet in a bizarre
fashion this vile MOV made more sense than these pro-semitic readings.

Ironically, I still remember that there was a very large photo of Sam
Wanamaker in the adjacent building, who was a mover and shaker in
resurrecting the Globe.

Vus machts a yid?

Harvey Roy Greenberg MD

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