Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Silent Merchant in Silent Venice

Merchant of Venice [Il Mercante di Venezia]. Dir. Gerolamo Lo Savio. Perf. Ermete Novelli, Francesca Bertini, and Olga Giannini Novelli. 1910. Silent Shakespeare. DVD. Image Entertainment, 2000.

This 1910 Merchant of Venice, made in Italy, is beautiful. Each frame has been painstakingly (at least, I assume it was more painstaking than slap-dash) colorized, often with amusing effects.

I've edited the twelve-minute original down to about five and a half minutes, and I've added a soundtrack from The Klezmer Conservatory Band (to buy their amazing, astonishing album, see below). Enjoy the color, enjoy the acting, and enjoy the fact that it ends (in both my edited version and in the original) right after the courtroom scene.

Links: The Film at IMDB.

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