Kaufmann von Venedig

V'18

Der Kaufmann von Venedig

The Jew of Mestri

Peter Paul Felner
D, 1923
87min, stumm, eZT

Bild: Filmarchiv Austria Bild: Filmarchiv Austria

Der Kaufmann von Venedig

Peter Paul Felner
D, 1923
, 87min, stumm, eZT

Cast: 
Hans Brausewetter
Werner Krauß
Henny Porten
Albert Steinrück
Ferdinand von Alten
Carl Eibert
Lia Eibenschütz
Frida Richard
Max Schreck
Jakob Tiedtke
Screenplay: 
Peter Paul Felner
based on a play by William Shakespeare
Camera: 
Axel Graatkjar
Rudolph Maté

Production: 
Peter-Paul-Felner GmbH, Berlin
Format: 
DCP

Featuring a star-studded cast and filmed in part at original locations in Venice, this screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama The Merchant of Venice tells the story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who tries to take revenge on his debtor for his people’s persecution at Christian hands. Largely forgotten today, the film has survived only in a slightly abridged English export version entitled THE JEW OF MESTRI and has been restored by the Munich Film Museum. “The staging of the great courtroom scene, making incredibly good use of the space that the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace in Venice provided, is a brilliant achievement that can hardly be surpassed. The arrangement of the magnificent and festive scenes is also exemplary,” judged the “Reichsfilmblatt” in 1923. (Filmarchiv Austria)

Live music: Canned Fit (Christine Schörkhuber)

Peter Paul Felner: GOLD, DER MENSCHHEIT FLUCH (1920), GOLGATHA (1920), NARREN DER LIEBE (1921), PRATERTRAUM (1924)