Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare
This 1910 Italian film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is just under 10 minutes long and is supported by teaching ideas for English, music and art.

It contains most of the key elements from the play, however omits the caskets and the business with Portia's ring. This film includes scenes shot on location and was directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio.

Note: Unfortunately the BFI Archive's print is incomplete and ends with Shylock appealing to the court after Portia's warning not to spill ‘one drop of Christian blood’. The missing scene showed Shylock’s punishment by the court.


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Created: Dec 21, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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