The Merchant Of Venice

  • Der Kaufmann von Venedig (German title)
Feature Film | 2003 | film based on literary source | Luxembourg

Main data

Shooting data

Start of shooting17.11.2003
End of shooting31.01.2004
LocationsLuxemburg, Venedig

Brief synopsis

In Venice, young Bassanio needs a loan of 3000 ducats so that he can properly woo a wealthy heiress of Venice named Portia. To get the necessary funds, Bassanio approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio's money, unfortunately, is invested in merchant ships that are presently at sea; however, to help Bassanio, Antonio arranges for a short-term loan of the money from Shylock, a Jewish usurer. Shylock has a deep-seated hatred for Antonio because of the insulting treatment that Antonio has shown him in the past. When pressed, Shylock strikes a frightening bargain in wicked humor: the 3000 ducats must be repaid in three months, or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. The merchant agrees to this, confident in the return of his ships before the appointed date of repayment.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Joseph FiennesBassanio [L]Frank Schaff
Al PacinoShylock [L]Frank Glaubrecht
Zuleikha RobinsonJessica [L]Manja Doering
Tom LeickFranzösischer Edelmann [SR]
 Luc SpadaJewish Salesman [SR]


Camera Departmentdirector of photographyBenoît Delhomme
Director's DepartmentdirectorMichael Radford
Director's Department3rd assistant director Jim Probyn
EditingeditorLucia Zucchetti
Gripcrane operatorAlexander Resch [1]
LightinggafferDavid Smith
Lightingelectrician Martin Neuse
LightingelectricianPatrick Toufexis
Lightingelectrician Thomas Kyriases
Lightingelectrician Christian Pannrucker

Production companies

Avenue Pictures [us]


Department CompanyComment
LightingLighting and Utilities Balloonlight Carsten ThomsBalloonlight
ProductionProduction ServicesFilm & Television FacilitiesFacility vehicles
Production Design, Costumes, Makeup and HairMakeup and Hair Location Consulting & FacilitiesMaske-Garderobe usw.