0143. SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: The Merchant of Venice PART I

1:00 - 3:00 pm Tuesday, May 12

1 Session
Lecturer: Peter Josyph
Fee: $20.00
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SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: The Merchant of Venice PART I

About Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, James Shapiro said that “much of the play’s
vitality can be attributed to the ways in which it scrapes against a bedrock of beliefs about
the racial, national, sexual, and religious differences of others.” Shakespeare’s most
controversial play, The Merchant of Venice is also one of his most popular and dramatically
exciting. In this premiere screening of the latest of author-filmmaker Peter Josyph’s
ongoing series of Bardtalk films about Shakespeare’s work, Josyph begins a discussion of
the main themes and characters in The Merchant with Dr. John Lutz, university professor of
English and lecturer at the Frick Estate Lectures. The film is roughly 50 minutes long and
includes a scene from The Merchant performed by actor Raymond Todd as Antonio and Peter
Josyph as Shylock. The screening will be followed by a lively Q&A with “special guest” in

(PLEASE NOTE: This is not a screening of The Merchant of Venice, but rather a discussion of
that work’s salient points, as noted by the filmmaker and Professor Lutz.)

About The Lecturer

Peter Josyph

Peter Josyph is an author, actor, director, and filmmaker whose films include: Liberty Street: Alive at Ground
Zero; Acting Cormac McCarthy: The Making of Billy Bob Thorton’s All the Pretty Horses; Shakespeare In New York: The
Sonnets; and A Few Things Basquiat Did in School. His books include: Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy;
What One Man Said to Another, Talks with Richard Seltzer; and, The Wounded River, which was chosen as a New
York Times Notable Book. He also excels in literary and film criticism.