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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1124

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The entire article is at:
http://www.bitsofnews.com/content/view/5727/42/
Patrick Stewart, the British actor, is said to be in talks preparatory to adapting the Merchant of Venice to the screen. Richard Brunton, author of the Filmstalker site, and a man with his finger on the pulse of the movie business, reports that Stewart has not merely declared an interest but has also selected a writer for the enterprise- one John Logan who has written other memorable recent hits such as The Aviator and Gladiator.
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1125

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Interesting - esp. if it ends up actually being set in Las Vegas! And Patrick Stewart is always good.

I doubt it's possible to do a Merchant that will please everybody, but of course that doesn't mean they should stop making them!

My own favorite Merchant production is the one starring Bob Peck, directed by Alan Horrox (1996). Unfortunately, it's only out on VHS.
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1126

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Yes, Patrick Stewart has been "working" on this for a few years now. I asked him about it personally when I was in Stratford last year and he indicated that the project was not going forward or was being put on the back burner. I certainly hope it's back on!
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1134

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sorensonian wrote:
My own favorite Merchant production is the one starring Bob Peck, directed by Alan Horrox (1996). Unfortunately, it's only out on VHS.

How does it compare to the Trevor Nunn version with Henry Goodman as Shylock?
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1135

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At this point I haven't seen the Trevor Nunn Merchant. But I plan to get it soon.
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1227

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Re Patrick Stewert - once a very respected Shakespearean actor - then USA - and now back in the fold. He pops up in several places, including the groundbreaking Civilisation' programme done many years ago, as Horatio!
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 3 months ago #1228

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One of the better BBC Shakespeares was the Merchant - a great performance of Shylock by Warren Mitchell (who also played an unreserved bigot Alf Garnett) - described as better than 'Olivier'!
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A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 9 years 2 months ago #1288

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Charles wrote:
sorensonian wrote:
My own favorite Merchant production is the one starring Bob Peck, directed by Alan Horrox (1996). Unfortunately, it's only out on VHS.

How does it compare to the Trevor Nunn version with Henry Goodman as Shylock?

I have now seen the Trevor Nunn Merchant - and realized that I actually *have* seen it before, shortly after it came out.

I don't like it. The 1930s setting is dreary, few of the actors have much charisma, and Nunn apparently doesn't understand the comedy of the play. Certainly, not much comedy is to be found in it. I also don't agree with portraying Antonio as gay, though this is being done in most modern productions (incl. Pacino's).

There's really no comparing it to the Horrox/Peck version, which is a classical-style production in most ways.
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Re: A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 4 years 2 months ago #6629

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Hello

Could you please tell me where I might find the 1996 Merchant of Venice? It looks so wonderful (Bob Peck never ceases to impress me) but it seems to be unavailable— at least in the more common venues. I would greatly appreciate if you could tell me how to find it!

I, too, disagree with the gay portrayal of Antonio, and that was one of the greatest drawbacks of the otherwise beautiful Al Pacino version. What a shame.
It is also too bad that you say the Trevor Nunn version is so poor. He is usually so excellent! (I think of his Twelfth Night and Macbeth.

The Alan Horrox one definitely looks like the definitive Merchant!
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Re: A Patrick Stewart Merchant ? ? ? 4 years 2 months ago #6630

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Looks like you can get the Bob Peck version here (but it's not cheap):

www.kanopydvd.com/product/merchant-venice-bob-peck
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