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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Il mercante di Venezia: Le marchand de Venise (1952, Pierre Billon)

TitleIl mercante di Venezia: Le marchand de Venise
Release LocationsFrance
DirectorPierre Billon
Length1 hrs, 32 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Merchant of Venice (derivative)


A joint Italian/ French production with location shots made in Venice itself. Nightime scenes were actually recorded on the Rialto. The remainder of the film was shot indoors at the Turin studios in seven weeks. (P.R. handout at BFI)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

ShylockMichel Simon
AntonioMassimo Serato
BassanioArmando Francioli
PortiaAndrée Debar
JessicaLiliana Tellini
BiancaOlga Solbelli

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPierre Billon
ScreenplayLouis Decreux
ScreenplayLeopold Marchand

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell