The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2317 Wednesday, 10 October 2001
Date: Tuesday, 9 Oct 2001 09:16:42 -0400
Subject: 12.2308 PBS Masterpiece Theatre/Merchant of Venice
Comment: RE: SHK 12.2308 PBS Masterpiece Theatre/Merchant of Venice
Okay, so I'm a heathen and only accidentally surfed to the PBS MOV after
watching a noir/MTV-styled vampire show on the WB. That said, I thought
Henry Goodman made an excellent Shylock, making the enormity of what the
moneylender demands both real and appalling. I've never seen a Shylock
struggle so much at that last moment and actually pull back the knife.
Of course, this also calls in to question just how close to the edge
Portia is willing to take this and why she waits so long before adding
the "jot of blood" caveat. I suppose one thought is that the jot of
blood caveat doesn't occur to her, until that last moment, but that
opens up another whole can of worms that seems unsatisfactory. (Why is
she there in disguise, if she is not a lawyer and does not already have
a plan to save Antonio?)
Anyway, I was mostly writing to ask about Jessica's closing song. Can
anyone tells me what it was she sang?
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