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Shylock

Alternative title
Shylock for All Seasons
Synopsis
Documentary. A film which contends that hatred of Jews goes back 2,000 years, culminating with the near destruction of European Jewry. Argues that for the last 400 years, Western attitudes towards Jews have been influenced by Shakespeare’s Shylock who reflects the deepest fears of the cultures in which he appears. Lasry believes that there were no Jews in Elizabethan England, but many English money-lenders; usury, an English problem, becoming Shylock’s crime. The film includes extracts from filmed performances by Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Mitchell, Werner Krauss, Orson Welles and others, with commentary from directors, historians and writers. Narrated by Lasry.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1998
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
anti-Semitism; Jews; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Credits

Director
Pierre Lasry
Producer
Kenneth Hirsch
Cinematographer
Jack Hazan; Martin Duckworth
Screenplay
Pierre Lasry
Contributor
John Gross; Jonathan Miller; Peter Hall

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Distributor (Sale)

Name

National Film Board of Canada

Email
customerservice@nfb.ca
Web
http://www.nfb.ca External site opens in new window
Phone
(514) 283 9000
Fax
(514) 283-7564
Address
Sales and Customer Service (D-10)
PO Box 6100
Station Centre-Ville
Montreal
QC H3C 3HS
Canada
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