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Shakespeare in Film
March 4: Controversy and Revenge
A portrait of anti-Semitism and Jewish vengefulness, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. Earlier audiences understood its central characters in strikingly different terms. Is Shylock a murderous villain or a persecuted patriarch? How should we understand the Venetians’ hostility towards Shylock as a usurer? This lecture highlights the changes in attitudes towards the central figures in this complex and fascinating play.
Join Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library Gail Kern Paster as she examines The Merchant of Venice in Artis—Naples’ Shakespeare in Film series.
March 1: The Merchant of Venice (Movie Preview)
Prior to attending Gail Kern Paster’s “Controversy and Revenge” lecture on March 4, join your fellow Shakespeare in Film participants for a screening of The Merchant of Venice (2004), starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, on the Artis—Naples campus.
Tickets include both days, lecture and movie preview.