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Kaufmann von Venedig, Der

Alternative title
Shylock, Der Jude von Venedig Jew of Mestri, The
Synopsis
Feature film in theory based on Shakespeare’s own sources for The Merchant of Venice but in practice partly Shakespeare and partly director Felner’s invention. Werner Krauss is Shylock.
Country
Germany
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1923
Duration
102 mins; 9,206 feet

Credits

Director
Peter Paul Felner
Producer
Peter Paul Felner
Cinematographer
Axel Graatkjaer; Rudolph Maté
Screenplay
Peter Paul Felner
Music
Michael Krauss
Production Design
Hermann Warm
Cast
Werner KraußShylock
Carl EbertAntonio
Harry LiedtkeBassanio
Henny PortenPortia
Max GrünbergGratiano
Albert SteinrückTubal
Claré RommerNerissa
Emil HelferMarco
Ferdinand von AltenPrince of Arragon
Frida RichardShylock’s mother
Friedrich LobeElias
Gustav MaySolanio
Hans BrausewetterLauncelot Gobbo
Heinz Rolf MunzLorenzo
Jakob TiedkeBeppo
Lia EibenschutzJessica
Max SchreckDuke of Venice
Willi AllenAli

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The DVD viewing copy with English subtitles held at the Bundesarchiv is 87mins and includes one minute of material not part of the film as first released in Germany.
The BFI National Archive holds two viewing copies - 35mm, 6,436ft 71mins (tinted nitrate) and 5,363ft 60mins b&w. The print is a shortened English version released by Stoll Pictures as THE JEW OF MESTRI in 1926.
General
Ball and McKernan & Terris (op cit) note the confusions over the correct cast for the film. German and English sources differ on some parts and players. The English intertitles and accompanying action are described fully by Ball having viewed the BFI National Archive’s copy.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp 286-97, 377-8). Ball concludes `... but it holds interest continuously and marks in some respects a forward movement in the development of Shakespeare film. It is often not good Shakespeare, but it is often good film’.

McKernan, Luke and Olwen Terris. Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive. London: BFI, 1994 (p. 104-5)

Production Company

Name

Peter Paul Felner Producktion

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv

Email
filmarchiv@barch.bund.de
Web
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Phone
+49 (0)1888-7770-0
Fax
+49 (0)1888-7770-999
Address
Fehrbelliner Platz 3
Berlin
10707
Germany

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