Yesterday we viewed the 'Merchant of Venice' with Pacino as Shylock.

Despite its proclaimer at the beginning of the movie that Jews were awefully dscriminated against and suffered at the hands of Christians (where's the perspective, where are the facts), the film itself was quite enjoyable.

First the Shakespearian dialogue was aptly put to screen. More authentic than the awfum 'Romeo & Juliet' some five years ago. Very natural and good acting.

At the beginning I suspected a whitewash of Jewish usury, but (without having read the classic save for summaries and reviews), none of this took place. Pacino plays a good Shylock and I suppose it is hard for the viewer to show mercy for this horrid, miserable creature.

I recollect something that Michael Hoffmann II, the revisionist, warned for, but I don't recall exactly what it was.

Of course there are some minor and some major historical inaccuracies, but that is not the point: the film is both enjoyable and brings yet the reality of the parasitical Jew to screen.

A 8/10 by yours truly...