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Der Kaufmann von Venedig

The Jew of Mestri
Peter Paul Felner
DEU 1923
87 min

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)

  • Frida Richard - Gretchens Mother
  • Albert Steinrück
  • Jakob Tiedtke
  • Werner Krauß
  • Lia Eibenschütz
  • Max Schreck
  • Hans Brausewetter
  • Carl Eibert
  • Henny Porten - Maid
  • Ferdinand von Alten
  • Peter Paul Felner
  • based on a play by William Shakespeare
  • Rudolph Maté
  • Axel Graatkjar
Peter-Paul-Felner GmbH, Berlin
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