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Shylock’s Ghost

Synopsis
Documentary. Alan Yentob travels to the ghetto in Venice with novelist Howard Jacobson as he embarks on a retelling of The Merchant of Venice. Through a series of interviews, they examine the charge of anti-Semitism against Shakespeare, whose character Shylock remains one of the most divisive fictional Jews in history. How did the moneylender from Venice become such a useful propaganda tool in Nazi Germany? And how much of a liberty will Jacobson be taking when he uproots the action to modern-day Alderley Edge, and audaciously reinterprets the infamous ‘pound of flesh’?
Series
Imagine...
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
27 Oct 2015 at 22:35 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
70 mins

Credits

Director
Colette Camden
Contributor
Alan Yentob; Anthony Julius; Antony Sher; Howard Jacobson; Stephen Greenblatt

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
anti-Semitism; Shylock

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